Modernist Lviv
September 20, 2019
Center for Urban History invites to a photo plein air on documentary photography "Modernist Lviv".

Dates: October 3-6, November 7-10, 2019
The "Modernist Lviv" project is a program of open international plein air sessions inviting anyone interested in urban documentary photography.
In a broad sense, the goal of the project is to improve the skill of photography and of individual feeling of environment, the art of creative work with a camera in a complicated multifaceted urban space. 

The focus of the plein air session is an attempt to visualize the modern function of postwar architecture of Lviv and its contemporary role within the context of the development of the city. The photo session will focus on the subject of Modernist architecture of Lviv of the second half of the 20th century, such as of the 1960-70s, designed by the couple of architects Muza and Anatoliy Konsulov.

Photo plein air session will take place as part of the exhibition by the Center for Urban History "Phototecture of Modernism" that reconsiders and interprets the projects implemented by the Konsulovs through a category of "distance": "media," "temporal," "professional" and the "distance of experience."

The final expected outcome of the joint efforts will be the creation of coordinated visual essay describing the role of Modernist fabric of the city in correlation with the modern reality, as well as relevant social and cultural contexts of Lviv and its citizens.
The project formula provides for two series of plein air sessions in Lviv during the weekend in the period from October to November. Each plein air is a Ukrainian Polish work in pairs of participants curated by an experienced tutor, a photographer, who will encourage a diversity of approaches and the freedom of individual interpretation of topics. The plein air will engage eight participants from Poland and Ukraine. Selection for the project implies the presence at all of the series of the plein air and the work on an individual project in Lviv.

Marcin Zaborowski – a journalist, photographer. Since 2009, he works with the National Geographic Polska. Simultaneously, he worked with El País, The Guardian, AZ Zeitung, Deutsche Welle, Focus, National Geographic Polska, Aleteia, Halewijn, National Geographic Polska Magazine, Magazyn Pismo, doc!photoma-gazine, Angkor Photo Festival&Workshops and Transylvania Photo Festival.
Currently, he works on a long-term documentary project on the persecution of Muslim minorities in South Asia, more known as Rohingya.

Michal Zelinski — a press photographer, and a journalist. His focus is on topics related to ethnic minorities and social issues of the Near East and Post-Soviet countries. His interests also include armed conflicts. He does photography, both military and warfare, while clearly distinguishing between the two. As a reporter, he covered conflicts, such as in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, and also in Ukraine. Participated in individual and group exhibitions.
Olha Zarechniuk — a historian of architecture, architectural editor of the "Lviv Interactive" of the Center for Urban History. She graduated from the Department for Restoration of the "Lviv Polytechnics" National University (2013). She curated the photo exhibition "Secession in Disguise" (2015), interactive screen "Modernism in Lviv" for the exhibition "Miasto, architektura, modernizm. Lwów 23 czerwca 1937" (Wroclaw, 2016). She presented her own documentary and art photography at the exhibitions "Facing Lviv" (Drohobych), and "Project 1/5" (Lviv, 2019).

The call is open for participants from Ukraine who work or are interested in the topic of urban documentary photography, Soviet modernism, and have basic skills in photography.

Participation in plein air sessions for participants from Ukraine is free of charge. Organizers do not cover any travel expenses, accommodation, or catering of participants.

Application shall include:
  • CV
  • motivation letter (max 200 words)
  • series (3-7) of documentary photos of the architectural object or the environment with the accompanying text in free form
Submit your applications in one file in a .pdf format to Please, note on the subject of the letter "Urban Documentary Photography."
Deadline for applications: September 20, 2019
Announcing the results: September 26, 2019
For more information, please, contact Victoria Panas 
Anyone interested in the plein air from Poland shall contact Polish partners: Piotr Piech (, Galeria DWA PlANY
Plein air sessions are run jointly with the Center for Urban History, the gallery "Two Planes," and Rzesow Academy of Photography.

The project is implemented under the auspices of Podkarpackie Voivodship Marshall, a Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, and co-funded from the budget of cultural art patronage of Podkarpackie Voivodship; and is part of a broader project of Rzesow Academy of Photography "(Land)scape of East Cities."