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"Discussions on Photography" - Sophia Rydet. Online meeting

29 of June '20

The Photographic Association in cooperation with the Photographic Workshop organize a meeting dedicated to Zofia Rydet - one of the most important Polish artists of the 20th century. The photographer's perceptiveness and sensitive gaze can be seen in each of her photographs. The discussion will focus on books dedicated to the artist, published by the University of Lodz Publishing House.

The online meeting, which will be broadcast on the organizers' Facebook page, will take place on July 7 at 18:00. The event is part of a larger series entitled: "Discussions on Photography".

Zofia Rydet is widely regarded as one of the most important Polish artists of the 20th century, and certainly the most important Polish photographer. She is the author of a number of photographic series of various forms (from classic photojournalism, through photomontages to photographic objects), but she is best known for her monumental series "Sociological Record" (available on Zofia Rydet's website), carried out for more than 20 years, in which she took tens of thousands of photographs depicting mainly human beings in their everyday surroundings - mainly they were inhabitants of Polish villages. The meeting will focus on Zofia Rydet's mythologizations - both those made by her (when she recorded the image of the countryside in Polish culture) and those of herself.

The pretext for the meeting is the publication by the University of Lodz Publishing House of two new books devoted to Rydet and her work:
► Jakub Dziewit, Adam Pisarek: "To Save. Zofia Rydet and vernacular photography".
► Tomasz Ferenc, Karol Jóźwiak, Andrzej Różycki: "Records of Memory. Histories of Zofia Rydet."

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Prof. Tomasz Ferenc, PhD (Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz) - sociologist specializing in visual sociology, one of the best known Polish critics of photography,
Karol Jozwiak, Ph.D. (Cultural Studies - Institute of Contemporary Culture, University of Lodz) - cultural expert and art historian, researcher of Zofia Rydet's work, curator of many exhibitions and member of the Program Council of the Zofia Rydet Foundation,
Adam Pisarek, Ph.D. (Institute of Cultural Sciences, Silesian University) - cultural studies scholar. In his research work he deals with the history of anthropological theories of culture and contemporary Polish culture,
Jakub Dziewit, MA - a cultural scientist with an anthropological bent, photographer, cultural animator. In his research work he deals with the cultural history of photography and visual anthropology.

series of meetings

"Discussions on Photography" is a series of meetings in which we engage in discussions about various photographic entanglements and contexts, relevant from a philosophical or humanistic perspective, but also from an artistic perspective, as long as we agree that art is not detached from the reality around us. For each meeting we invite two guests, who first illuminate the topic from their perspective in short lectures, and then participate in a moderated discussion.

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