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    Vintage Photo Festival: Celebrating the Renaissance of Analog Photography

    In a digital age dominated by pixels and screens, a remarkable revival of traditional analog photography has been quietly unfolding. The International Vintage Photo Festival, affectionately known as the Vintage Photo Festival, has been at the forefront of this renaissance since its inception in 2015. The festival not only celebrates the art of traditional photography but also champions the belief that old photographic techniques are experiencing a vibrant resurgence.

    This year, at the 9th edition of the Vintage Photo Festival, the theme will be ‘Observatory’, referring to the celebration of the year of Nicolaus Copernicus.

    Analog Resurgence in a Digital Era

    Amidst the revolutionary advancements of digital photography, the charm of analog photography has found its way back into the hearts of enthusiasts. Film cameras are staging a remarkable comeback, as evidenced by Kodak’s revival of discontinued negative films. Even younger artists are embracing analog photography as a medium of expression.

    Preserving Heritage, Inspiring Innovation

    Rooted in Bydgoszcz’s rich photographic heritage, once home to the country’s second-largest photographic materials factory, FOTON, the festival pioneers a unique blend of tradition and innovation. The festival stands as a powerful homage to traditional photography, bolstered by a modern educational and interactive platform. Its mission is to propagate the art of traditional photography while showcasing contemporary trends in the field.

    A Global Gathering of Analog Aficionados

    The Vintage Photo Festival has earned its place as one of the world’s premier celebrations of analog photography. Its emphasis on photographic archives led to its inclusion in The Analog Photography Festival Network (APFN) in 2022, a global alliance of festivals dedicated to analog photography.

    A Storied Guest List

    Distinguished guests have graced the festival, including luminaries like Ewa Rubinstein, Tadeusz Rolke, Laurent Benaïm, and more. The festival has showcased the works of Masza Iwaszincowa, Tomasz Gudzowaty, Bogdan Konopka, and others. This year’s lineup promises an array of captivating exhibitions, from Edward Hartwig’s timeless captures to astro-photography by Jason De Frietas, and explorations of the lives of Simona Kossak and Lech Wilczek. Film screenings about Nan Goldin and Lee Miller further enrich the experience.

    A Tapestry of Events

    The festival is a vibrant tapestry of exhibitions, film screenings, and engaging artist encounters, offering over 30 exciting events in total.

    Unveiling the Sponsors

    The Vintage Photo Festival owes its success to esteemed partners such as the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, the City of Bydgoszcz, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Marshal’s Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.

    Step into a world where pixels take a backseat, and embrace the captivating charm of analog photography at the Vintage Photo Festival. Experience the resurgence of a timeless art form that continues to capture hearts and minds.

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