Photolux Festival 2015
International Biennial of Photography
Lucca, 21 November – 13 December
PHOTOLUX is the Biennial International Festival of Photography that takes place in Lucca, Tuscany.
As a symbol of the project, we have chosen Light, the essence of Photography. In today’s world, where we are constantly bombarded by a plethora of images, PHOTOLUX, like a camera obscura of old times, aims to display a clear and well-defined selection of work from the international photographic scene.
Every two years, for three weeks Lucca offers a unique opportunity for cultural exchange and enrichment. The Tuscan town provides the perfect setting for the festival. The ancient and exquisite sites of the city centre are filled with exhibitions, workshops and talks.
With its energetic and innovative outlook, PHOTOLUX aspires to be a crossroads of exchange for renowned masters, experts and photography lovers, while also shedding light on new and emerging talents, as well as cutting edge artistic practices.
The topic: Sacred and Profane
In the 2015 edition Photolux Festival has chosen the “Sacred and Profane” topic. The opportunity to present it through photography allows, on the one hand, to make a trip around the world, which is also an inner travel, discovering the places of the spirit and of the men who makes them living, and undergoing a tension, which is different time by time but always facsinating, toward the divine. On the other hand it allows to reinterpret the sacred iconography in a desecrating or provocative key, and to explore territories that are generally considered impossible to be represented, dealing with the passions and feelings the most mundane of the human soul and his aberrations.
Not forgetting all that stays in the middle, in the subtle shades that always colour those contrasts that cannot be sharp. The photographic medium, therefore, as a special language to reveal this duality and to investigate the different aspects and possible interpretations.
The 2015 edition of Photolux Festival explores the Sacred and Profane topic through the work of important authors of International contemporary photography and photojournalism.
The exhibition program also includes the exhibition World Press Photo 2015, hosted in Lucca for the eleventh consecutive year, the three exhibitions dedicated to the winning projects of the Roberto Del Carlo Photolux AWARD contest, Young Curator Photolux Contest „Sacred fire, Self publishing Photolux Award“ and the exhibition of winners of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015, the exhibition of the winner of the 2015 Documentary Photography Grant of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation and the exhibition “Burma” by Carolina Sandretto in collaboration with Progetto Vitalità Onlus.
Along with the rich program of exhibitions, also the agenda of events is dense. More information and program: www.photoluxfestival.it