Mario Giacomelli

On Wednesday, 6 June three exhibitions are opening in frames of Photonic Moments festival:

MARIO GIACOMELLI – selection of works From Luigi Crocenzi’s Archive at 7 pm in MGLC Ljubljana

FERENZ SCHMIDT – solo exhibition titled Germans at 8 pm in KUD atelje Mikado Ljubljana

VASA PROJECTgroup exhibition 23 at 8 pm in Gallery Maribor

MARIO GIACOMELLI: From Luigi Crocenzi’s Archives

6 June – 1 July 2012

MGLC (International Graphic Centre) Ljubljana

The exhibition puts on display the selection of the most representative works made by prominent Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli. His discourse became symbolic when his photographs exasperate the emotive aspect of the reality. As Federico Fellini for cinema, Mario Giacomelli overturned the Neorealist point of view introducing in his photographs a new tonal poesy, almost dreamy, and producing photographic stories where he excluded unnecessary details. Then he became the most important Italian photographer of the 20th century, independent from every school of thought.

Mario Giacomelli (Senigallia, 1925-2000) began working at Tipografia Marchigiana when he was only 13 years old and he worked here during all his life. He devoted himself to photography, first only during his leisure every day after dinner near Senigallia, then learning to print his photos himself. In 1955 he was awarded in Castelfranco Veneto and in Spilimbergo. When John Szarkowsky, curator at MOMA in New York, bought in 1963 for the Museum the series of photos untitled Scanno and introduced one of his photos in the prestigious catalogue Looking at Photographs.


6 June – 29 June 2012

KUD atelje Mikado Ljubljana

As seen in retrospect, Ferenz Schmidt‘s photographs are valuable documents of the atmosphere in postwar Munich and Germany. His photographs reveal him as a sophisticated observer of daily life, who had an exceptional gift to catch the right moment with a great sense for composition of a painter. Staged or “manufactured” photography did not concern him. Schmidt’s photographs may be compared to Zen or poetry, where the moment of expression can be only precise after long and good preparation. Ferenz Schmidt understood and used the technology of photography for his expression.

Ferenz Schmidt was born in Budapest in May 1934. When in 1956 the Soviet Army invaded Hungary and protests were brutally stopped, Ferenz was arrested together with a group of resisting students. He was told that he had to leave the country in 24 hours otherwise he will remain in prison. He left Hungary. Via Vienna he arrived in Munich in early 1957, at the age of 23, and joined the Munich school of photojournalism.


6 June – 30 June 2012

Galerija Maribor

The exhibition 23 displays the work of 23 Slovenian photographers each demonstrating different styles and approaches to personal image making. The images were selected for their diversity and idiosyncratic nature. The exhibition is a joint venture between Galerija (Slovenia) and VASA (world). 23 is a snapshot of contemporary photography in Slovenia. The viewer will notice immediately the absence of photojournalism. As curators, we selected works that rather than the illusion of a window into everyday lives provide a personalized expression.