The festival of 2007 got its shorter version of the name - Kaunas Photo’07, enjoying the secure support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and suggesting largest artistic program ever - over 100 photographers from around the world in private and group exhibitions, workshops and presentations and slide-shows. Another novelty - a competition for Kaunas Photo Grand Prix. Thirdly, Kaunas Photo produced a spring edition by placing there photo exhibitions of the Guest county – Georgia, with sevent distinctive photographers of the new emerging Post-Soviet country. The Fourth important step in Kaunas Photo development is its membership in the organization of Festivals of Light. Moreover, Kaunas Photo ended up in late autumn with a big self-produced exhibition Mysteries-Secrets-Illusions, summarizing the theme of the Kaunas Photo 07 at the National M.K.Čiurlionis Museum, Kaunas Picture Gallery. The exhibition included 70 artist from numerous countries.
The opening of the main edition of Kaunas Photo 07 in September featured presentations of three laureates of Kaunas Photo’07 – Austrian Grand Prix winner Reiner Riedler with his ‘Fake Holidays’, Italian Marco Ambrosi & Monica Dengo and Australian Graham Miller with his 'Suburban Melancholy'. Simutlateous presence of Kaunas Photo 07 award winners from Austria and Australia produced an Austro-Australian Night of Photography at Vytautas Magnus University night club. The Introductory series of exhibitions compemented by works of artists to have received special mentions of Kaunas Photo Jury: Serbian Katarina Radovic, Canadian Jean-François Bérubé and a rising star of Lithuanian photography Vidas Biveinis.
Kaunas Photo 07 also honoured celebrities of the international photographic scene. Pawel Zak (Poland), presented his famous series ‘My Close Acquaintance’. Alnis Stakle (Latvia) exhibited his new work – ‘Living Space Daugavpils at F Galerija and Toshiki Ozawa (Japan) disclosed his long-term project about Lithuania at Fujifilm gallery.
Aside from the exhibitions there are workshops held by visiting guests. The traditional highlight events – Nights of Photography – reminded viewers that photography was alive not only in daylight, but also in trendy city pubs, illuminated by music and the colours of the night. There will also be portfolio reviews and an exhibition of the students and graduates from the visiting schools of photography – Ostkreuzschule (Berlin, Germany) and Studio Marangoni (Florence, Italy).”
Another initiative for this event is the ‘SBA Ideas For Home’, where over 300 photos will be exhibited. Every year Kaunas Photo has been introducing a new means of dialogue between photography and the audience. This time the festival places photographic pictures as main accents of interior. Art photographs will become not only as an essential interior elements, but objects to purchase for collectioneers and those willing to top their home interiors by adding a point of originality.
The decisive Kaunas Photo 07 exhibition ‘Secrets, Mysteries and Illusions’ will open on 18 October in Kaunas Picture Gallery, National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum. The works of over 70 artists will give viewers the chance to discover the mysterious, colourful, decorative and social world of the 21st century.
Guest country – Georgian Photography, collective exhibition:
Levan Kherkheulidze, Sophio Medoidze, Natela Grigalashvili, Ira Kurmaeva, Guram Tsibikhashvili, Irina Abjandadze, Yuri Mechitov (Curators: Natia Tsulukidze, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas)
André Siegfried Wagner (Germany)
Reiner RIEDLER (Kaunas Photo 07 Grand Prix Winner, Austria), Graham MILLER (KP 07 Grand Prix Special Award, Australia), Marco AMBROSI ir Monica DENGO (KP 07 Grand Prix Special Award, Italy), Vidas BIVEINIS (KP 07 Grand Prix Special Mention, Lithuania), Katarina RADOVIČ (KP 07 Grand Prix Special Mention, Serbia), Jean-François BÉRUBÉ (Canada), Pawel ŽAK (Poland), Andrei Liankevič (Belarus), Toshiki OZAWA (Japan), Alnis STAKLE (Latvia), Laimonas JAZUKEVIČIUS (Lithuania).
Guest Schools of Photography - collective exhibitions:
Ostkreuzschule (Berlin, Germany, curator: Ute Mahler)
Fondazione Studio Marangoni (Florence, Italy, curator: Alessandra Capodacqua)
Late autumn edition - Collective exhibition:
Alfredas SIMONAVIČIUS, Algis GRIŠKEVIČIUS, Alnis STAKLE, André WAGNER, Andrei LIANKEVICH, Ane LAN, Angela SVORONOU, Anja BOHNHOF, Anke VAN IERSEL, Astrid Elisabeth BANG, Beverley CARRUTHERS, Bjorn STERRI, Brad TEMKIN, Brigitte TAST, Charlotte LYBEER, Christoph BURTSCHER, Claudio GOBBI, Daniel CHALLE, Dara MC‘GRATH, Darius JUREVIČIUS, Darius KUZMICKAS, Dave ANDERSON, Ekaterina BUBNOVA, Eva MAYER, Filippo DEL VITA, Francesco GNOT, Fred LEBAIN, Gerlinde MIESENBÖCK, Graham MILLER, Greg DAVILLE, Harri PÄLVIRANTA, Ines D‘OREY, Irena TAMULYNIENĖ, Isabel TALLOS, István VIRÁGVÖLGYI, Iveta VAIVODE, Jan Drik VAN DER BURG, Jean-François BÉRUBÉ, Joaquin PEDRERO, Katarina RADOVIČ, Katerina KALOUDI, Laimonas JAZUKEVIČIUS, Laura BERG, Leonora BISAGNO, Marc BERGHAUS, Marcp AMBROSI, Maria ARNELL & Marianna MOERKOERE, Maria LAURA GARCIA SERVENTI, Marla SWEENEY, Matthew SLEETH, Nina FINNERUD, Olga BERSAN, OLIVER, Paula MUHR, Pawel ŽAK, Regina ŠULSKYTĖ, Reiner RIEDLER, Riccardo MAZZONI, Rita SOROMENHO SIMOES, Rokas PRALGAUSKAS, SCHÜLER, Sungpil HAN, Stéphane FUGIER, Thomas ZIKA, Vidas BIVEINIS, Vytautas STANIONIS