Uglich.Photo Festival.The epoch through the camera lens.
International Photo Festival “Uglich – the face of Russian province” became one of the centerpieces of July in Uglich. Photo Festival in Uglich is one of the largest social projects of similar nature. It is held for the fourth time in the period from 8th to 11th July. This year the Festival is dedicated to photojournalism on a topic “The epoch through the camera lens”. About 250 people have visited the Festival this year. One hundred of them took part in the flash-contest, wherein they were suggested to capture the symbols and reminiscences of the Soviet epoch remained in the life of modern province in the form of reporting story. It would seem that the topic is controversial. We are used to be skeptical about the Soviet past however it’s our history and now this period of the history and, more precisely, its reminiscences which remained until 2010, will be captured forever in the photo works of the Festival participants and performed at the final exhibition in the foyer of the hotel “Moskva”. The photo works turned to be quite various; thuswise highly professional judging panel has appointed prize winners in the following nominations:
· Grand-Prix of the Festival: Yury SHAROV, city of Rybinsk
· 1st place: Shtolba Anton, city of Rybinsk
· 2ndplace: Klaus Bergmann, Idstein (Germany) - prizewinnerof 2009
· 3rdplace: ChernavskyAleksandr, city of Moscow
Nomination: individual photo works
· 1st place: KolabukhinAndrey, city of Yaroslavl
· 2nd and 3rdplace: Malyshev Dmitry, city of Rybinsk
The judging panel has also awarded recognition gifts to two photographers: PavelVasilyev from the city of Tver and PodgurchenkoVitaly from the city of Maloyaroslavets (two prizes).
The fact that some winners became prize takers twice means that the judging panel was super- objective having reviewed only the photo works without paying attention to the names of participants.
The Festival of this year is notable for the strongest panel of judges of the international level, including such masters as: Natalya Udartseva, Irina Chmyreva, ViktoriaIvleva, Aleksey Golubtsov, AleksandrNaanu and Sergey Ponimarev. This year the Festival has reversed its format. It was held at the serious professional level, with strict requirements towards the works from the viewpoint of photojournalism. It was the first time when the judging panel session was open – it was attended by anybody who wanted. Such kind of discussion was emotionally difficult both for judges and participants, but at the same time it was objective to the fullest degree.
In the framework of the Festival there were performed a number of presentations such as: presentation of the School of Visual Arts (city of Moscow), presentation of the Development Fund of photo journalism, of the All-Russian project Best of Russia, presentation of the contest “I’m having a rest” of the TV-channel “Russian Travel Guide”.
“Stilyagi” (hipsters) party left the greatest and brightest impression on the participants of the Festival. No one was indifferent having experienced the atmosphere of 50s-60s, the epoch of vinyl records, soda from the slot-machines at the cost of 3 kop. and matches sailing on spring floods. That evening the dance floor was exploded from thousand of people in stylish shoes dancing boogie-woogie, swing, rock´n´roll and twist to the municipal wind orchestral accompaniment named after A.Sysoev.
The topic of the Soviet past is so richly stored in the urban environment of Uglich that new expositions are being created inspired by it. In the framework of the Photo Festival the Tourist Information Centre has arranged the excursion “Soviet Uglich” and native of Uglich Mikhail Sidorov has presented his own collection of Soviet motor-cycles which would lay down the foundation for the museum of Soviet machines.
On the whole we can say that the Festival became wider and more multifaceted. Six workshops of the judging panel and a ground of young reporter under the leadership of the famous photo editor Natalya Udartseva created a professional platform which will turn Uglich into photographical Mecca like Perpignan (France) where one of the largest Photo Festivals of the world takes place.