Almanac of Pictures with Soul

Almanac of Pictures with Soul


The word ‘almanac’ has gained a very specific status throughout the cultural history of the Czech lands, Moravia and Silesia, referring to an anthology of ideas associated with important anniversaries. Moreover, it has also marked a selection of texts written in connection of a remarkable transition of a historical threshold. 
Regarding this, however, we do not perceive the Almanac of Works of Members of the Czech Professional Photographers Association, which you are just about to open, as a milestone. We rather see it as an attempt to follow up the once excellent tradition, the age of photography movement dynamic development in our country, as well as an effort to prove that, despite the current difficult situation of the photographer profession, members of the ‘Association’ do not forget, that what brought them to photography was their desire for self-expression, inner longing to perceive and treat photography as a modern visual mean of interpersonal communication. 
Thanks to the rapid development of digital imaging, the art of photography is now in a special, perhaps even ambivalent situation. The ‘smart’ mobile phone cameras are contributing to the swift development of recording of practically everything that happens, while the much easily attainable technical level of pictures makes us think that almost everybody can take an impressive picture as long as they have good hardware and software equipment. If the twentieth century received the ‘picture century’ epithet then the dawn of the twenty-first century may be marked as the dawn of the digitalised picture age. 
Imaging technologies enable us to drive a car that is yet to be manufactured, walk among half-built houses that so far only exist on the blue-prints. We can admire non-existent landscapes in ‘photographs’ as well as wonderful mountains, all of which exist only thanks to the fantasy of the author of the photography and technical options of Photoshop. This phenomenon – on its own remarkably positive – however, leads to the overproduction of picture smog, to loss of feelings for critical evaluation of modern imaging media products, while it supresses the visual literacy, leading thus also to a negative impact on the profession of a photographer.
A whole number of various producers and businesses are now equipped with cameras and other technology, taking pictures for their internet catalogues themselves, and only a few care that such catalogues are far from perfect. Carefully created photography of architecture is disappearing, melting away in virtual video sequences that are acquired at a greater speed and, most of all, with less effort. 
The crown of this outclassing movement are indeed the photo booths placed in all possible state institutions, which have uncompromisingly erased communal portrait photo studios. However, the more these machines resigned to the real essence of a photography, i.e. to ‘drawing with light’, in the name of a better computer processability of the picture, the more has their production moved away from, what we understand under the term portrait, and there is no time or money left for its quality any more. 
Indeed there would be no point in presenting all reasons that has led the Czech Professional Photographers Association to this seemingly anachronistic, perhaps even Quixotic deed, the publishing of the Almanac with selection of the art works of its members. Following sensitive philosophers – who many years ago came to the idea that ‘Quixotism’ has its sense in the modern society, that this ‘swimming against the tide’ can refer to the necessary revolt against the chaos and haste of our time and the loss of sense of human deeds – this collection of pictures strives to point out to the fundamental human need to think about the communicative component of photography imaging, to stop for a while, dwell over the pictures and look for their hidden meanings. 
It was thought at the dawn of the ‘light drawing’ that a photography wold get closer to visual art, or as the case may be, to painting by breaking the mechanical process of the creation of image by manual intervention, however the ‘New Objectivity’, ‘Direct’ and ‘Subjective Photography’ movement, just as the influence of surrealistic tendencies and the strong drift towards ‘Staged photography’ during the 20th century proved that the power of photography as well as the depth of its content expression are based on the ability to use own expressive means of the photographic image, without borrowing the painting and graphic methods, as was noted by Albert Renger-Patzsch in 1925. 
The pictures in this Almanac are striving to be just like this. 
prof. Miroslav Vojtechovsky, QEP
Included Authors:
Vladimir Birgus
Magdalena Blahova
Karel Dosek
Bohumil Eichler
Jaroslav Fiser
Jiri Hanke
Borivoj Horinek
Josef Husak
Frantisek Chrastek
Rudolf Jung
Ales Jungmann
Daniel Kaifer
Jiri Kovanic
Vladimir Kozlik
Maria Kudasova
Zdenek Lhotak
Jan Neubert
Jan Pohribny
Stanislav Pokorny
Rudo Prekop
Roman Sejkot
Petra Skoupilova
Milena Valuskova
Miroslav Vojtechovsky
Jiri Vset

Les Rencontres de la Photographie Professionnelle at Montpellier, 12-14 April 2015


Available, on request, all communication documents translated into English: the program, the registration form for the congress, speaker C.V., the invitation.
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The educational programming is enriched by the WPC winners announcement (Sunday April 12) and the presentation of the FEP Photo Book of the year Award 2015 (Tuesday, April 14).

We hope to see many of you there. I’ts a not to miss event! 


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FEP Photo Book of the Year Award 2015, deadline postponed to March 28th!
Still a few days to enter the third edition of the FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award , the amazing unique competition which award the best photographic publications. This year the competition is divided into the following categories:
A) Reportage
B) Portrait
C) Landscape
D) Nature photography
E) Nudes
F) Monographs
G) Commercial ( applications for iPad, calendars, CD-Rom...)



Foto Fayer confirmed again the partnership with FEP

Foto Fayer just confirmed the “partnership” with FEP for the next 2 years.
The old and prestigious Austrian company has been the first “friend of FEP” since 2012.
Many thanks and best wishes! 

Chromaluxe and KoyLab at the Montpellier trade show

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Please visit the stand of the FEP partner companies on the "Rencontres de la Photographie Porfessionnelle" at Montpellier, France.
The trade show will be open all day long on April 13th at the local congress palace.

News from Belgium

Due to a judgment of the Brussels court dated  June 2014, the FEP has to restitute the titles of Qualified European Photographer, Master QEP and Social Photographer of the Year 2008 to Mr. E. Oliver Tortosa.

WPC in Montpellier, France

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The FEP and the GNPP, Groupement National de la Photographie Professionnelle have the privilege to invite you to the Rencontres de la Photographie Professionnelle, at the Convention Center  of Montpellier, France, April 12th-14th  2015, including a rich speakers’ educational programming, exhibitions, a trade show, social events, plus the FEP European Photo Book of the Year Awards 2015 presentation, and - last but not least - the winners announcement ceremony of the World Photographic Cup 2015! 
GNPP intends to give a significant recognition to international attendance and will be happy to provide for the international FEP members a very special admission rate. The program will be held in French, the winners announcement ceremony will be presented in English.

Please download useful information for attending the event:

The FEP General Assembly Meeting

The FEP General Assembly meeting 
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Official delegates from 16 member associations from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland , Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Slovakia and Spain attended the meeting, held in the prestigious Hall of the Councilors of the Trieste Town Hall. After the greetings of the Trieste Deputy Mayor, Fabiana Martini, the FEP delegates approved some important updates for the actual FEP professional qualifications, including EP, QEP and the new qualifications for Video Makers. Andreas Barylli-Fayer, from Austria, has been confirmed the FEP President for a second biennial term. Best wishes to Andreas for driving the Federation in the next years to come!

Photo : Eugenio Li Volsi, edited by Truls Løtvedt/Veronika Stuksrud 

The FEP Awards Ceremony

The FEP Awards Ceremony 

Congratulations to the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2015 DIOGO FREITAS (DDiArte - Portugal) and the winners of the European Golden Cameras trophies (GUNTHER EGGER, Commercial Golden Camera, DIOGO FREITAS (DDiArte), Illustrative Golden Camera, ALEXANDRE MANUEL, Landscape Golden Camera, ONNI WILJANI KINNUNEN, Portrait Golden Camera, YERAY MENENDEZ, Reportage Golden Camera, ANDREY BALABASOV, Wedding Golden Camera, ROMAN SLAVIK, Students Golden Camera, LUCAS TING, International Golden Camera) as well as the other Silver and Bronze Cameras winners and all the Finalists of the 8 categories and sections of the competition, chaired for the fourth consecutive year by Jorgen Brandt, who said:
"The FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2015 has been entered by a huge number of photographers from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA. Thank you to all the Judges for the very large effort they did going through the images. 
Your effort is greatly appreciated. The Jury was composed by:  
Nunzia Borrelli, Italy, QEP 
Ivan Caniga, MQEP 
Ilona Pulkstene, Latvia, MQEP  
Malou Reedorf, Denmark, QEP 
Adriano  Scognamillo, Italy, QEP 
Thank you to our FEP Executive Assistant Martina Scozzi, to our FEP Event Manager Anna Kaleva-Tsagklas and our FEP CEO Giuseppe Scozzi for the great help they have provided in the handling of this Competition. Last but not least - thank you to all the Photographers participating in this event." 

Best wishes for a luminous professional carrier to the winner of the 2014 FEP Emerging Talent Award (FETA), MAREK STIM, and all other students who got a merit certificate in this prestigious final year students contest. Congratulations as well to all amazing authors which come on the stage to withdraw their QEP and MQEP certificates from several nations.

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Pictures by Jessica D'Acquarica
Discover all the pictures of the event on the FEP page on facebook!


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