Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. It was a spontaneous initiative of students and lecturers of the Sociology Department. Since then, photography and ways of organizing cultural events have transformed. The same has been true for Fotofestiwal itself – we have a different perspective towards the program, we work differently, our viewer’s needs have changed. Still, Fotofestiwal remains a space for presenting various forms and types of photography, a forum for discussion about art and society, a motivation to search for alternative methods of discussing and exhibiting photography. But first of all, invariably, it is a place where people meet.
Krzysztof Candrowicz - curator, researcher and art director. He is the founder and former director of the International Festival of Photography in Lodz, the Foundation of Visual Education and the Łódź Art Center in Poland. In 2015 and 2018 he was artistic director of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg. Currently working as a curator at Łódź Fotofestiwal and at Ci.CLO Bienal in Porto, Portugal.
In the past years, he was a member of the jury of various art projects. Currently, he is working as a guest curator, consultant, and visiting lecturer for numerous organizations, museums, schools and festivals in Europe and worldwide. He lives in Łódź and Porto.