Belgrade Photo Month in Fotosinteza

From April 1st till 30th

As a part of the Belgrade Photo Month, Fotosinteza will offer the following program:

1. Photo Nostalgia

─ Collecting photos found in family collections or elsewhere, on various media (slides, negatives, prints, glass plates and other media) from private archives.
─ We will be collecting the material every Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm during the festival at Fotosinteza.
─ Digitization of the part of the collected material without any further processing.
─ The projection of digitized photographs and discussion about the importance of preserving photo collections, both in terms of conservation and digitization as well as in collecting information about the media, will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 5 pm at Fotosinteza within the photo nostalgia soirée.

2. Matchbox pinhole

This is a workshop on how to make handmade cameras from matchboxes ─ small appliances with great performances. We will show many ways to use it. The participants can bring used cameras for dismantling and rewinding of the film at any time to Fotosinteza. Every participant will receive a film (about 48 exposures) and other material needed for making the camera. Developing and scanning can be done individually, or it can be done as an additional service by Fotosinteza ─ costs would be RSD 500 per film.
Entry fee is RSD 1000 per participant.

You may pay the enty fee by Friday, April 22 2016. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 23 2016 at 3pm.
The number of participants at the workshop is limited.
Tutor: Andrej Filev, photographer.
Phone number (for reservation): 069 30 50 758

*Fotosinteza is a social club for people of all ages who enjoy and respect art and like to socialize.
Address: 1 Maršala Birjuzova Street, 5th floor.


Beo_Project | Ana Adamović | THE BEACH

Opening: Thursday, April 7th 2016 7PM
Beo_Project Museum/Art Gallery

From April 7th till 28th

Beo_Project during the Belgrade Photo Month is glad to present Ana Adamović with the project THE BEACH, from 7th to 28th of April.

THE BEACH, slide projection
Photographs from the series The Beach were created in the last six years. They follow one and the same beach in Montenegro, summer in, summer out, from 2009 till 2015. The exhibition in Beo_Project is the first presentation of this body of work.

Ana Adamović is dealing with issues of identity and memory, both personal and collective by working on the long-term photography and video projects. Since 1999 her work was exhibited on numerous solo and group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad, most recently in the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Museum of Photography in Braunschweig.
She is founder of Belgrade based Kiosk-platform for Contemporary Art.
Lives and works in Belgrade.


New Talents 2016 – Winners exhibition

Alison Moris, Jakub Ochnio and Teodora Ivkov

Opening: Friday, April 1st 2016 7PM
Galerija Eurocentar, Makedonska 30

From April 1st till 14th

Belgrade Photo Month was born in October 2014. The idea was to make a connexion between different exhibition spaces in Belgrade, New Belgrade & Zemun; to create an explosion of creativity through the light ─ exhibitions, workshops, lectures, movies, presentations and analogue photography equipment market; to show the world what is going on in Serbia and to show people in Serbia what photographers from abroad are doing; to try to put Photography, like Art, at the right place where it deserves to be.

While we were developing the idea, we realized that an event like this deserves something more that will give it an international vocation that it is supposed to have. We decided to create a Photo Concurs for photographers under the age of 25 ─ New Talents 2016. International Photo Competition. We shared the information online and sent it to Photography or Art Schools all around the world.

We have chosen a jury composed of 5 members: Slobodan Sarić, photographer, Ivana Tomanović from Serbia, Sali Sallini from Turkey, Laure Maugeais from France and Carlota Loveart+ from Spain.

We have received 161 proposals, out of which 119 were complete and in accordance with the Open Call rules. We got 44%of proposals from male candidates and 46% from the female ones. The proposals came from 25 different countries and 4 continents. 44% of proposals were from Serbia.

The youngest one to send in an application was a 12 year old Serbian girl Isidora Dincic. Thanks!!!

Probably just that justifies all the work that the organizers have done.

Finally, the jury selected the best 10 projects and in the end the best 3… and so, here we have the exhibition. In alphabetic order: Allison Morris, Jakub Ochnio and Teodora Ivkov.

Next year, we will have some more surprises.

Translation by Ana Stijelja


Tomislav Peternek Retrospective

Opening: Thursday, March 31 at 7 PM
Paviljon Cvijeta Zuzorić

From March 31st to April 23rd

By the mid-fifties of the 20th century, social realism had slowly begun to disappear from the social and cultural scene. A new, young generation of photographers appeared, formed under the influence of the famous Henry Cartier-Bresson, his agency “Magnum”, and the “Family of Man” exhibition curated by Edward Steichen, which was exhibited in the “Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavillion” in 1957. They focused their small-format cameras on people, everyday things and situations. Simultaneously, but each in his own way, they reshaped the identity of photojournalism. Following their emergence, photography ceased to be a simple illustration of a text, or an image of the most important personages of the political and cultural scene, and elevated itself into gallery-worthy artwork.

Among them, the foremost place belongs to Tomislav Peternek, one of the first photographers to bring artistic value to photojournalism. He is also the first photographer to turn his camera on both the important political events, and the far more important everyday life with its ups and downs, annonymous heroes, virtues and flaws. All of his photographs and reportage series are candid and depict the most important events and personages that have defined the history of the former Yugoslavia: the student protests of 1968, the earthquake in Skopje, flooding in Zagreb, the fashion creations of the legendary Aleksandar Joksimović, wars and destruction, but also children, individuals, fans at a basketball game, exhibition visitors, circus performers.

Tomislav Peternek is stil active, creating images that celebrate life, while at the same time allowing new technologies and some different themes and genres, such as nudes, to become a part of his immense body of work. The majority of the photographs shown in this exhibition constitute both historical and subjective documents. His direct approach, his specific feeling for the rhetoric of life, for fleeting moments and situations, with a dose of humor and symbolism, has given these images a timeless, iconic status in the history of photography, art and culture of this country.

Jelena Matić
Curator Jelena Matic
Translation by Tamara Markovic


Winners of the “New Talents 2016” open call announced

Finally, second round of jurying is over. It is our great pleasure to announce 3 winners, whose fantastic projects has win the most votes (alphabetical order):

  • Allison Morris

  • Jakub Ochnio

  • Teodora Ivkov

These 3 projects will be printed and part of Belgrade Photo Month under the exhibition title New Talents 2016 in Eurocentar Gallery.


“Revertimini (Volveos)” exhibition opening

Although Belgrade Photo Month has not officially started, the first exhibition that is part of our festival is opened tonight at the Institute “Cervantes” in Belgrade: “Revertimini (Volveos)” by Jordi Plana Pey inspired by the work of Ramón Lull.

The exhibition will be open to visitors until the end of April.

For more information, follow this link


Protect photography

Organization of Belgrade Photo Month aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the citizens of Serbia on the photography and put Serbia on photography map of the world, but that our goal would be endangered and elusive if a proposal amending the interpretation of the Act on copyright and related rights is adopted, at tomorrow’s session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. All our efforts and work could be belittled and canceled, and the work of all other photographic associations, clubs, groups and individuals.

Please, in the name of all photographers and people of good will, do not adopt this proposal and thus cancel nearly 200 years of photographic history in Serbia.


Volunteers needed

Belgrade Photo Month is looking for volunteers.

  • Translators. English-Serbian-English.
  • Photographers to shoot Festival events.

Interested please contact to with CV, and in the case of photographers with some samples of this type of photography in low resolution or a url where we can see your work.