The Academy of Photography presents the 9th edition of the European MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY Photo Festival

Dear Friends, it’s June again and, as you all know, a number of galleries and spaces are booked for the National Association Bulgarian Academy of Photography and photography itself! Once again it’s time for the art of light and all emotions that it conceives, gives birth to and educates in artists, in fans and spectators but also in critics. Again we have been recognized with the Remarkable Festival label by the European Festivals Association. Thank to it every event on the festival’s agenda reaches out to a broader European and world audience.

The programme you are holding is here again thanks to the support of UniCredit Bulbank. Page after page, we will take you on a journey through the most diverse personal and collective quests of Bulgarian photographers and acclaimed artists from other countries of broad age spectrum. There are even exhibitions of artists who will live forever in the images they captured in their lifetime and to whom we must respectfully pay our tribute. All selected events succeed, in their own way, to touch on and represent the theme we have announced for 2018 – Strength. And it has as many faces as all endless reasons that generate it. We are grateful to the traditional and new partners of the Month for their support which made possible to introduce these 21 events to you. Their strength is important to the Academy of Photography and the art of photography. Here is the moment to point out that the team of the National Palace of Culture, who most responsibly hosted the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, i.e. the whole strength of the Old Continent during the last 6 months, again gave us a hand. And it is exactly at the National Palace of Culture, despite their busy calendar, where we will present the most prestigious youth photography event in the world – the 39th FIAP Youth Digital Biennial which the international photo association entrusted us with as co-organizers and hosts. Traditionally, we will present the 19th Photo Academica, where, apart from the latest and most powerful examples of the Bulgarian art and reportage, we will also award the honorary statuette „Academica“ to this year’s selected for this high recognition winner.

Congratulations on the opening of the 9th Edition of the Month of Photography! Welcome to all of you!

Yavor Popov, Fine Art Photographer
Chairman of the Management Board
of Academy of Photography Bulgaria “Yanka Kyurkchieva”