dienacht double Special Issue: Nigeria – out now!

dienacht Magazine proudly presents a double issue about the Nigerian photography scene – it’s a catalogue for the Lagos Open Range festival on the one side; and showcases works by Nigerian photographers made in photography workshops in Lagos over the last two years on the other side.
This Special Issue was kindly suported by the Goethe Institut in Lagos.

“[...] The Lagos photographic scene is idiosyncratic in outlook – more than any other African city. Every new day sees the birth of a ‘star’ keen to make their mark in the seething cauldron that they are thrust into. Here artists, photographers, freely swap ideas on various themes that often embrace politics, the economy, religion.

Nigeria’s eclectic mix of poverty, wealth and instability provide a glut of subject matter, create a rich source of ideas for the discerning artist. The invitation into the ‘art’ has been mostly informal and self-reliant. The work environment (and ambience) has been ad hoc to say the least and the pedagogy has not been based on any articulated format or curriculum.

There were no preconceived themes. The artists were domiciled in the city (Lagos) and the city was their subject matter. The chosen themes were often impromptu, but with the passage of time these have become ‘classics’ in their own right. The ‘classical’ themes paved the way for collaborations with foreign agencies with the resultant exposure on the international scene.

The role of workshops pioneered by the Goethe Institute together with Akinbode Akinbiyi cannot be underestimated. These ensured the continuous growth of photography in Nigeria. Akinbode Akinbiyi consistently strived to build a mentorship strategy that developed and created a pool of some of the finest photographers in Nigeria today.  His principles have developed into productive manifestations in the form of two Masterclasses in 2013 with the Incursion: Sing The Blues in Lagos, and in 2014 with the Documentary Dissonances and it’s cultural heritage undertone.

Many photographers in Nigeria approach their craft from the obvious, easy way, through its commercial or business side, because they do not have access to fundamental financial support for their artistic development. There is virtually no financial incentive or budget from any government agency or institution for the promotion of artistic production, cultural exchange and residency programs. Therefore, to meet daily needs and challenges,  many focus more on the commercial rather than the artistic and critical aspects.  This stunts innovations in art photography, in the ability to contextualize and make it relevant. And even though the sector is already internationally oriented, with the interaction of artists from all over the world through biennales and festivals, there is a lack of understanding within society of its relevance as a medium or language of expression. [...]
– Uche Okpa-Iroha, Director of the Nlele Institute

” [...] The Lagos OPEN RANGE exhibition is primarily conceived to promote a new form of intuitive photography, and to empower photographers and video artists who ordinarily are not getting the critical attention their works deserve.  The exhibition intends to give visibility to artists who have a consistent practice and show signs of promise of developing their oeuvres significantly. We are ambitious about the Open Range and hope it transits into a bi-annual event that will explore the new diversities, fragmentations and relationships of photographic images in relation to subjects, spaces and scenarios in Nigeria and (potentially) beyond. What inspires this project and the curatorium’s genuine aspiration, is the promise of  the realisation through the exhibition and publication of the daring eyes of the artists, their commentaries on our contemporary lives and the specificity of Lagos. [...] ”
– Abraham Oghobase and Jude Anogwih, Curators, The Lagos OPEN RANGE 2015

300 copies available
18 x 15 cm, 144 pages + 12 text pages on terracotta paper
open thread binding
flip issue with 2 mm cardboard covers
offset print, in English
12 Euro (+shipping)
Please choose:

Meet dienacht at ‘Polycopies’ during Paris Photo

Calin Kruse / dienacht Magazine and dienacht Publishing will be at Polycopies in Paris during Paris Photo! This week, from Wednesday till Saturday. Come by and say ‘hi’!

We also organize some book signings and one book release (“My Disguise” by Dana Stölzgen), here are the dates:
Chad Moore – Fri. 14th, 16:00
Ekaterina Anokhina – Fri. 14th, 17:00
Dana Stölzgen – Sat. 15th, 15:00

Magazin Salon in Düsseldorf

For the first time, the Magazine Salon will take place during the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014. In the form of a pop-up library, it will give an overview over the contemporary photography-related magazine culture. The visitors are invited to take a breath, sit down and skim through a fine and diverse selection of international magazines with and about photography.
The Magazine Salon will take place at the NRW-Forum and is organised by dienacht Magazine Der Greif and Kraut Magazin.
If you’re part of a photography-related magazine and we haven’t got in touch with you, please get in touch with us.


“Nowhere” by Leon Kirchlechner awarded with the German Photobook Prize!

Now it’s official: We are happy to announce that “Nowhere” by Leon Kirchlechner (published by dienacht Publishing and Der Greif) has just been awarded with the German Photobook Prize in Silver (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis)!

Get it here: www.dienacht-magazine.com/publishing/

dienacht is on the road

dienacht is on the road again!
Hope to meeting you in one (or more) of these venues:

6.6. in Berlin (Leon Kirchlechner’s Book “Nowhere” released in Pavlov’s Dog, https://www.facebook.com/events/144852635706236/)
8.-9.6. in Vienna, ViennaPhotoBookFestival (https://www.facebook.com/events/205131179625623/)
12.6. in Munich, lecture about dienacht and dienacht Publishing at the University in Munich (https://www.facebook.com/events/151922791658662/)
13.-16.6. in Basel, I Never Read – Art Book Fair Basel (https://www.facebook.com/events/164368030406448/?fref=ts)

Düsseldorf Photo Weekend / Portfolio Review

Ich freue mich, als Jurymitglied beim Portfolioreview am 2. Februar in Düsseldorf dabei zu sein!
Bewerbungsfrist: 15. Dezember 2012!

Portfolio Review

Im Rahmen des Photo Weekends 2013 veranstaltet KRAUT in Zusammenarbeit mit dem NRW-Forum Düsseldorf ein eintägiges Portfolio Review im Salon des Amateurs. Beim Portfolio Review bekommen ambitionierte Fotografen die Chance ihre Arbeiten einer professionellen Jury aus allen Bereichen der Fotografie zu präsentieren, sie konstruktiver Kritik zu unterziehen und nicht zuletzt auf sich aufmerksam zu machen.

Unser Ziel ist es talentierten Jungfotografen ein Forum zu geben, in dem sie ihre Bilder zur Diskussion stellen können, und damit den Austausch zwischen dem etablierten und institutionellen Fotografie-Bereich und dem Fotografie-Nachwuchs zu fördern. Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich und die Bilder werden mit einem Beamer projiziert.

Alle weiteren Infos und das Anmeldeformular findet man unter www.portfolio-review.de.


• Andreas Mühe, Fotograf
• Frank Seidlitz, Interview Magazine
• Kris Scholz, Hochschule Darmstadt
• Kai Brückner, TZR Galerie
• Gregor Jansen, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
• Mischa Kuball, KHM Köln
• Leon Kirchlechner, Der Greif
• Nadja Masri, Ostkreuz
• Frederic Lezmi, Fotograf
• Calin Kruse, dienacht
• Enrico Bossan, Fabrica / Colors
• Elisa Medde, Foam Magazine
• Stefanie Kleinsorge, Kehrer Verlag

Portfolio Review | 02. Feb. 2013 | Salon des Amateurs | Düsseldorf

dienacht – Talk and Stand – @ PhotoIreland at Weekend!

Meet dienacht in Dublin! From Friday, 13 July 6pm until Sunday, 15 July, PhotoIreland  presents their second Book & Magazine Fair, showcasing national and international publishers, and dienacht will have an own stand. The 2012 edition, held at Moxie Studios, will be the ideal place to purchase contemporary books, meet the publishers in person, network, find inspiration and browse through the amazing publications on display.

On Saturday starting from 6 pm, there will be a Publisher’s Talk, and I’ll talk about dienacht, dienacht Publishing and some old and new project (first talk in English for me, so if it happens to be around – be nice!)

You can see the full schedule here: http://2012.photoireland.org/program/book-magazine-fair/

Meet dienacht @ PhotoIreland Festival 2012

Celebrating its 3rd edition in 2012, PhotoIreland Festival will explore the theme ‘Migrations: Diaspora & Cultural Identity’, showcasing some of the finest national and international contemporary photography in and around Dublin city from 1–31 July, highlighting the importance of Photography & Image Culture in Ireland.

Migrations: Diaspora and Cultural Identity. 1-31 July

Migration is not only moving from one place to another, it is also a process of losing, rebuilding, defending and examining one’s own cultural identity. The photographic medium has always been at the forefront of investigating these phenomena, producing iconic images, recording moments of change, questioning cultural identity. With this year’s theme we want to discuss and present issues related to Diasporas and Migration, their past and present impact on identity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics and the complexity of transnational lives today.

The main exhibition, On Migration, will feature projects such as Dinu Li’s Mother of All Journeys, Max Becher’s & Andrea Robbins’ 770, Isabelle Pateer’s series Unsettled and Jean Revillard’s Sara on the Bridge, among others. We will also present a selection of book dummies such as Francisca Lopez’ Bandi Binder project & Gergely Laszlo’s Collective Man, providing the unique opportunity to see these projects at a work-in-progress phase. Other artists include Francesco Jodice, Anthony Luvera and Roger Eberhard. Within the theme, we will present David Monahan’s Leaving Dublin and Maurice Gunning’s project on The Argentine Irish Diaspora at the National Photographic Archive.

Book & Magazine Fair

Celebrating its second year, the Book & Magazine Fair (13-15 July) will offer two main exhibitions on the theme: Irene Attinger, head of the Maison de la Photographie Européenne’s Library, one of the world’s largest collections of its kind, will bring to Dublin a curated selection of  photobooks. In addition, the visitors will enjoy a selection of contemporary photography co-curated by five international photography magazines, including Camera Austria (Austria), European Photography (Germany), Fotografija (Slovenia) Kwartalnik Fotografia, (Poland), and Fotograf magazine (Czech Republic).

The fair will not only be showcasing our library of over 500 photobooks, magazines and zines for everyone to browse, 2012 will bring an added highlight with selected international publishers exhibiting their latest publications. (See the list of publishers showcased on he website).

dienacht will have an own stand during the Book & Magazine fair, I am looking forward to meeting you there!

Symposium: ‘On Migrations’

The festival Symposium investigates ‘Migrations: Diaspora and Cultural Identity’, developed in collaboration with GradCAM and with the kind support of the Dublin City Council. It will take place on July 12 at the WoodQuay venue, and will be accompanied by film screenings, such as ‘The Mexican Suitcase’, directed by Trisha Ziff.

Portfolio 12

Portfolio 12, PhotoIreland’s international Portfolio Review (13-15 July) represents our commitment to the educational value of the festival, not only critically engaging the artists into an open conversation on their work, but also supporting the development of their professional network. The selection for Portfolio 12 is made after an open submission process where we particularly welcomed portfolios and photobooks associated with or around the festival theme. All submitted portfolios were pre-selected by a professional Jury: Peggy Sue Amison (Sirius Arts Centre), Nora Hauswirth, Leszek Wolnik (Fire.ie), Tanya Kiang and Trish Lambe (Gallery of Photography), Richard Mosse, Moritz Neumüller and Ángel Luis González (PhotoIreland).


dienacht in Milan!

Meet dienacht Magazine and dienacht Publishing at the Milan Art Fair in Milan, Italy, from Friday till Sunday (May 4th – 6th)! Stall 5, T5.

On May 5th (Saturday) at 2 pm there will be a presentation of the book ‘Dead Traffic’ by Kim Thue, with Calin Kruse and Kim Thue, including book signings.

On May 6th (Sunday) at 5 pm: Focus on Magazines: dienacht Magazine, OjodePez, RearViewMirror; with Calin Kruse, Arianna Rinaldo, Irene Alison.

For more information: http://www.miafair.it/mia-fair_pag_pg35_eng.aspx

See you in Milan!

dienacht-Kurzvortrag bei der Babbelnight in Frankfurt

Das Fotofestival katapult° findet zum dritten Mal in Frankfurt am Main statt, und die Babbelnight (eine Pecha-Kucha-Veranstaltung) ist ein Teil davon. Am Donnerstag, den 23. Februar 2012 ab 20.30 finden 14 Kurzvorträge à jeweils 7 Minuten statt, und man fragte auch mich, ob ich dienacht vorstellen mag!

Kommt vorbei und bringt Freunde mit, schaut euch das Festival, die Ausstellungen und die spannenden Veranstaltungen an! Das ist gleichzeitig auch die einzige Gelegenheit, dienacht direkt in Frankfurt zu beziehen.

Alle Veranstaltungen finden vom 23.02. bis zum 25.02. 2012 in Frankfurt am Main statt. Der Ort der Veranstaltungen der ist ehemalige Sitz der Bayerischen Hypo- und Vereinsbank, Eingang Ecke Nidda- und Weserstraße. Die Eintrittskarten sind an der Kasse erhältlich.

Das Bild vom Fotografen – drei Tage katapult°

Im Zentrum der Veranstaltung stehen selbstverständlich die Finalisten der drei katapult° Wettbewerbe, die Präsentation ihrer Arbeiten sowie die Preisvergabe. Unter insgesamt dreizehn Teilnehmern wird sich entscheiden, wer die Preisträger von katapult°dreikatapult°b-sight und katapult°clip sein werden.

Aber auch in diesem Jahr bildet ein aktuelles Thema den Rahmen des Events. Dieses Mal geht es um: Das Bild vom Fotografen. Gemeint sind dabei allerdings nicht unbedingt die Fotografien, die Profis erzeugen, sondern vielmehr die Stellung und das Ansehen dieser Profis bei ihren Auftraggebern sowie im Rahmen der Gesellschaft und die daraus resultierenden Einflüsse auf ihre Arbeit.

Dazu haben wir zahlreiche Gäste eingeladen, die in Vorträgen und Diskussionen ihre Erfahrungen und Meinungen zum Bild der professionellen Fotografie darlegen. werden. Und natürlich interessiert uns nicht nur die Innensicht der Bildermacher sondern auch die Sicht von außen auf diese Profession. Deshalb präsentieren wir erstmals den Blick auf die Fotografie aus der Sicht anderer Medien.

So ergänzen einige Spielfilme, die sich mit Arbeit und Leben von Fotografen beschäftigen, das Thema.

Und die begleitende Ausstellung „Klick – der Fotograf im Comic“ wirft einen Blick auf die Rolle der bildgebenden Profis in Graphic Novel und Comic.

Mehr Infos und ein Programm bekommt ihr auf der Webseite: www.katapult.co