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September 28, 2017
Białystok Interphoto Festival

Robert Rutöd's series Fair(y) Tales was part of a screening of selected photographs, organized by the Polish photo festival at Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. The event was accompanied by a concert of the renowned jazz formation Skicki-Skiuk.

Białystok Interphoto is a cyclical festival of high artistic standard, which takes place every two years in the largest city in northeastern Poland. It includes not only exhibition activities, but also meetings, lectures, workshops, multimedia presentations, school competitions, activities combining photography with music or literature, and city games. The activities are targeted at recipients of all ages. The main theme of the festival, regardless of its edition, is The Border, with all its associated dimensions, from Genius Loci to areas of individual experience on the intellectual, spiritual or experimental level.

Screening of Robert Rutöd's Fair(y) Tales at Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok, Poland (Photo © Thomas Licek)


   

 

September 20, 2017
Life Framer Photography Award

Robert Rutöd received Honorable Mention at Life Framer Photography Award for a photograph from his series Fair(y) Tales.

Life Framer is a platform for discovering and celebrating contemporary photography around the globe. It hosts an independent award, supported by a growing community of photographers, designed to champion creative culture on and offline. This time the award was judged by Katerina Stathopoulou, curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. With a focus on contemporary photography, she curates MoMA’s challenging and varied collection of renowned artwork, as well as sitting on award panels, and running portfolio reviews.

The award-winning photo from Robert Rutöd's series Fair(y) Tales:
Agricultural Fair – Photo shooting of the breeding catalog

Here's what Katerina had to say about the photograph: "Robert’s composition is an aptly quirky response to an idiosyncratic rural scene – the photoshoot for a breeding catalog at an agricultural fair. The composition is wonderfully creative, drawing back wide enough to see the un-glamorous reality surrounding the highland vista backdrop, and using a bull’s horn in the foreground as an unusual and interesting framing device rather than presenting us with either an empty gravel foreground or the expected building tops and sky. It gives the image a delicious depth to juxtapose against the flat photographic banner – a playful commentary on advertorial spin."



 

June 9, 2017
Screening at Photobook 3.0

After Moscow's Photobookfest the best video works submitted to the FLIP Photobook Award are presented in Budapest. Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum screens them during Photobook 3.0 kiállítás exhibition, from June 9 to 23, 2017.

The aim of the exhibition is to present the most interesting books, new tendencies and the changes of the medium from year to year. The Photobook exhibition series was founded by the Studio of Young Photographers, the third event was organized and curated in cooperation with MAMA photobooks. This years's focus is on the different stages of a photobook’s life. There will be dummys and prototypes representing the first steps. What is going to happen after a book is ready? Book launch event, exhibition, reproduction, publishing, marketing, crowdfunding, submit to festivals, awards, opencalls, giveaway as gifts? One alternative which is very playful, creative and fun part of a photobook’s life is a flip through video.



Robert Rutöd's trailer for his book Right Time Right Place is among the video works to be screened during Photobook 3.0 in Budapest, Hungary




Right Time Right Place
120 pages, 55 color plates
21 x 24 cm

 

May 28, 2017
Jerusalem International Book Fair

Robert Rutöd's book Right Time Right Place will be on display at the 28th edition of the Jerusalem International Book Fair, Israel.

First held in 1963, the Jerusalem International Book Fair is a unique biennial event. Many heads of renowned publishing houses, agents, sales personnel, foreign rights representatives, editors and authors take part. The display hosts about 250 publishers from Israel and abroad, presenting local and international contemporary books.

The event takes place from June 11 to 15, 2017 in the cultural center The First Station, a renovated original railway station located in the heart of Jerusalem.

During the fair, the Exhibition Hall accommodates many literary celebrations and events such as readings, book signings, story hours for children, poetry readings and more. (Photo © behindscreen)






Milk Way comes in a box
with a 12 pages broschure/poster and a relic from a late medieval torture device


April 24, 2017
Milky Way in PhotoBookAthens’ collection

The book Milky Way is now part of PhotoBookAthens’ collection, a growing collection and an ongoing project by Hellenic Centre for Photography (HCB) that promotes and showcase photobooks and books about photography.

To provide online access to the photobooks archive to as many people as possible via the Internet, HCB is cataloguing all of the books that have been submitted to the photobook show as part of the Athens Photo Festival since 2015. All contributed titles will be made available to the public through a dedicated website and are included in the library (the physical location) in Athens.

In recognition of the increasing importance of the photo book in contemporary photographic practices, PhotoBookAthens' aim is to promote and showcase a wide variety of photobooks, photobooks independently or commercially published and distributed. This include handmade, self-published, book dummies, exhibition catalogues, print-on-demand books, zines and limited edition photography books. The PhotoBookAthens’ collection is developed and managed by the Hellenic Centre for Photography.

The library has over 4.000 publications from all over the world. Among them it contains over 1.200 publications contributed by those who submitted in the past two editions of the Athens Photo Festival. Location: Hellenic Centre for Photography, Stratigou Kontouli 3, 117 42 Athens, Greece – Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-19:00 (Photo © Hellenic Centre for Photography)

 



 

April 1, 2016
Cloudburst over Kaunas

In the northern part of the country the sky is heavily clouded. Throughout the course of the night the light rain will spread further west, reaching the coast only in isolated areas, temperature falls to 16 to 14 degrees. On Saturday the weather in Aukštaitija will be cloudy, then we will have longer sunny periods with a few cumulus clouds. The wind turns south to south-east and becomes increasingly moderate. Around noon clouds are breaking up all over the country, and shortly the sun begins to shine through.



In the afternoon hours, the showers reappear. Then violent thunderstorms could come, bringing squalls and heavy rain. Particularly in the Kaunas region, heavy rains are expected with up to 70 liters of rainfall per square meter. In the evening it will be cloudy and mostly dry. Weak to moderate wind from the east, the temperature reaches 13 to 15 degrees on the coast, and in the interior 12 to 14 degrees. On Sunday the sun shines throughout Lithuania.



 

December 14, 2016
Battle of Austerlitz

On 3 December 2016, the famous battle of 1805 was re-enacted by about a thousand participants in period uniforms at the original location in the Czech Republic. "Lots of exciting encounters! I think Napoleon Bonaparte dances the waltz better than Tsar Alexander I." says Robert Rutöd, who was among the visitors – But see for yourself...






 

 

November 23, 2016
Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor

Robert Rutöd's book Right Time Right Place will be exhibited at the 15th edition of the photobook fair FELIFA from November 23 to 27, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentinia.

Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor 2016 (Photo © Felifȧ)

Right Time Right Place
120 pages, 55 color plates
21 x 24 cm

 


FELIFA – Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor – is a meeting of photographers, publishers, artists, designers and the public dedicated to promote editorial training, encourage production and disseminate photography books. Celebrating its 15th edition this year, the scheduled program features a series presentations, mini-courses, workshops, and reviews, all of which are designed to explore the trends and developments that are shaping the photobook movement.

Dates: November 23 to 27, 2016, 12 – 8 pm
Location:   FoLa – Fototeca Latinoamericana
Godoy Cruz 2620 / 2626
1126 Buenos Aires



 

 

September 15, 2016
Horse No. 45

At the entrance to a stretch of forest located in the Masuria region of northern Poland, there is a large, yellow sign warning visitors that the terrain from that point is unsafe: “Uwaga (Caution) – Dangerous Horses. Do Not Enter”. We are talking about the Tarpan which one should encounter here, once the dominant breed of wild horses in Europe until they were wiped out in the nineteenth century. Today’s Tarpan is a back-breeding of the Konik, a Polish landrace.

The ride along the bumpy, 6-mile road proceeded fairly uneventfully, no horses as far as the eye could see. The operator of the drinks kiosk in the village at the end of the forest explained that we just needed to be patient, because the animals would eventually show their faces. In fact, half-way back, a small herd majestically crossed the road and disappeared into the thicket, without taking much notice of us at all. We were ready to continue when a straggler showed up among the trees, planted itself in front of our vehicle and flared its nostrils at us in a threatening gesture.

It then took a few steps, rubbed itself against a young tree, and started playing with the branches, charging back and forth. The spectacle turned into something magical as the Tarpan paused for a moment with the foliage twisting around its hooves, neck, and head resembling a petrified mythical creature. Only later did I discover on the photo a brand on its back: the number 45.



 

September 14, 2016
Introduction to Robert Rutöd’s photography

The London-based photographer Ziemowit Maj has given a lot of consideration to Robert Rutöd's photographs and written a wonderful text for the blog SnappedAway. Stay tuned: An interview that Robert gave to Ziemowit will be released there next week.

"Robert’s work captivated me straight away, I must admit. I like several things about it, but if I were to put in a single sentence, what spoke to me most was his ability to conceal difficult questions as simple, seemingly straightforward images on the verge of the popular kind of street photography. He is also not too fussed about putting on airs of aesthetically minded artist – you won’t find him chasing “interesting light”, “sophisticated compositions” or any other catch phrases meant to signify “high art”. It’s all about the content, the action or index of the frame ..." SnappedAway



 

May 18, 2016
4th ViennaPhotoBookFestival

Robert Rutöd presents his latest publications and the recently released Collector’s Edition of Right Time Right Place.

Photobooks have experienced a real boom in the international art scene in recent years, as reflected in numerous festivals and auctions around the world. The ViennaPhotoBookFestival, launched by Anzenberger Gallery and OstLicht Gallery in 2013 has become Europe’s largest event of this type. The fourth edition of the festival is scheduled for June 11 and 12 at the Brotfabrik Wien. More than 80 exhibitors will put the spotlight on the photo book in all its facets as an artistic medium.

During this event, photography fans will be able to learn about current and upcoming photo books offered by the major publishers, find rarities, as well as purchase small, high-end editions directly from the artists. Robert Rutöd will be presenting his photo books Milky Way and Right Time Right Place. He will also be presenting the recently published Collector’s Edition of Right Time Right Place: an exclusively designed clamshell box for the photo book and limited edition prints that would make a precious gift or collectible.

On June 11 and 12, 2016 the fourth edition of the ViennaPhotoBookFestival turns the Bread Factory Vienna
into a hotspot for photography lovers, photobook collectors, artists, publishers and dealers once again


Dates: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10 am – 8 pm
  Sunday, June 12, 2016, 10 am – 6 pm
Location:   Brotfabrik Wien – Anzenberger Gallery, OstLicht Galerie,
Photon Gallery, Gershon Gallery
Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna, Austria




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February 19, 2016
Right Time Right Place –
Collector’s edition

Robert Rutöd presents a generously designed release of his latest book together with a photograph in a limited edition, produced in cooperation with Buchmanufaktur Christina Petutschnigg Wien.

Each clamshell box is a unique handmade piece and includes a signed copy of the book Right Time Right Place as well as a pigment print on laid paper that measures 42 x 30 cm. You can choose from three of the most popular titles from the series: Woman in Red Dress, Swan Lake and Trumpeter.



www.petutschnigg.com

Pigment prints are characterized by high resistance to aging, haptic nobleness and outstanding anti-reflection behavior. Each pigment print is numbered and signed with a pencil on the back by the photographer.

In his photo project Robert Rutöd explores the paradox human in more than fifty sometimes tragicomic and macabre-looking images. An award-winning series about the challenge of being in the right place at the right time.

The Collector's Edition is limited with twenty-five copies per motif. Whether as a collector's item or exclusive gift, this special edition is a rare treasure that is worth discovering.



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August 28, 2015
Artist of the Year

Robert Rutöd received Artist of the Year award at Dong Gang International Photo Festival 2015 for his series Right Time Right Place.

In conjunction with the award 13 large-format photographs from the project
Right Time Right Place are shown in an exhibition, which runs until October 4, 2015 in Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Seoul, South Korea. Dong Gang International Photo Festival has been held every summer since 2002 and is playing a leading role by providing opportunities for both domestic and international photography.

Dong Gang Museum of Photography was opened in 2005 as Korea's first public museum of Photography. Dong Gang Museum of Photography is a big significance in terms of the second public museum of Photography in Asia after Tokyo Museum of Photography in Japan.

Right Time Right Place on display at Dong Gang International Photo Festival 2015, Seoul, South Korea (Photos © Dong Gang International Photo Festival)

"Among the artists, Robert Rutöd was chosen as Artist of the Year. His series Right Time Right Place zoomed in on the novel form and context that is a result of a remarkable crossing of time and space. The artist is offering his critique about the fruitless believe that there is a right answer to being happy. His photographs are direct and frank yet infused with empathy for human existence and life itself." (Suejin Shin, artistic director of Dong Gang International Photo Festival 2015, excerpt from the exhibition catalogue)



European Prospects is a project exploring questions of European identity through contemporary photography, creating new platforms for lens-based artists –
www.europeanprospects.org



May 4, 2015
European Prospects

Robert Rutöd has been invited to present his work on European Prospects, a project exploring questions of European identity and experience through contemporary photography.

Visual Explorations in an Undiscovered Continent is a collaborative project which uses photography and contemporary art to examine questions of identity and experience in an enlarged European Union. The core partners are Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Fotosommer Stuttgart, the Lithuanian Photographers Association in Kaunas and Le Château d’Eau in Toulouse. The project offers a new space for European artists and cultural agents to share experience and practice, and achieve wider exposure in Europe for their work. The programme has received financial support from the European Cultural Foundation, The European Union Culture Programme, Wales Arts International, the State Capital Stuttgart and Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden Württemberg.

Screenshot of the website europeanprospects.org, photographs fom the series Less Is More (2009)



Celebrating Europe –
Exhibtion catalogue, published by Lithuanian Photographers’ Association, Kaunas Department


April 20, 2015
Celebrating Europe

On the occasion of Celebrating Europe, a catalogue was recently published. Right Time Right Place was part of the exhibition, which took place last year in Kaunas, Lithuania.

"One could regret such changes, try and conserve the past at least in photographs, but one could go further with an ironically serious face, trying to keep equilibrium between the borderless world connected by technologies and the cosy shelter of traditions as Thomas L. Friedman suggests in his book 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree'. Austrian Robert Rutöd seems to enjoy such a world. He is an archetype flâneur as if emerging from the history of photography, hunting for everyday moments, but noticing that they all have been faked: a photographer loaded with cameras cannot photograph like people holding guns cannot shot, blown up airplanes cannot fly and the swan stuck in ice cannot swim. There is nothing real left, only cheap cultural shams for consumers, for how could otherwise Hitler, John Paul II and Tito stay friendly next to each other, exept for becoming wine labels on lined up bottles? Rutöd who doubts the truths of photography and capitalism claims that the decisive moment means presence in wrong time or wrong space and asks whether this is the happiness one is looking for." (Excerpt from the catalogue essay by Agnė Narušytė)

Right Time Right Place at Celebrating Europe: The exhibition was part of the European Prospects programme and took pake place at Kaunas Photography Gallery and Meno Parkas Gallery from
September 5 to 20, 2014 in Kaunas, Lithuania



   

grayscales. early b&w photographs 1978-1988 (Hardcover), 140 pages, 77 b&w plates, 22 x 22 cm


January 21, 2015
Contact Sheets

A few years ago, while working on my book "grayscales. early b&w photographs", I sifted through my entire b&w negative archive and came across further versions of the photo "Men with Ladder" taken in the 1980s, which had faded from my memory.

I was excited to find out whether the original decision to choose a particular photo would prove to be conclusive after such a long time. The photos show a couple of men in work clothes unloading long ladders from a truck and carrying them into the small courtyard of an apartment building, where they will erect a scaffold on the façade. For about half an hour I witnessed this pantomimic spectacle which seemed to follow its own fantastic choreography. Absolutely no fighting against the treachery of objects!

ENLARGE ON MOUSEOVER

Although two or three images were satisfactory in terms of their compositional quality, I finally chose a picture which also left a more mysterious impression



 


December 4, 2014
Photo Pop-Up store

From December 10-24, West46 will be transformed into a Photo Pop-Up store, where well known Viennese photographers will offer their works and books for sale.

Photographs, including limited editions, photo books, in part self-published and handmade, jewellery featuring photographs, photo cards and more will be available for purchase direct from the artists.

10% of proceeds will go to "Elisabeth Brot" to help the Elisabethinen which offers a hot meal to up to 120 people every day.

Small format prigment prints and Milky Way (Box Set 1 & 2) available at Photo Pop-Up store, from December 10-24, 2014 at West46 Gallery in Vienna, Austria – West46, Westbahnstrasse 46, 1070 Wien



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October 15, 2014
Photo du Jour

The renowned blog Feature Shoot has chosen Swan Lake from the series Right Time Right Place as Photo du Jour.

"Robert Rutöd loves serendipity, irony and what happens when they converge. The Austrian-born photographer explores the concept to its’ fullest spectrum in his series Right Time Right Place. Wandering about Europe for 5 years, Rutöd observed and captured instances brimming with contradiction, often painfully funny or unexpectedly tragic. The series questions whether luck is imaginary and how strange it is to find oneself in the exactly wrong place when it happens to be just the right time to document it." (Jenna Garrett, Feature Shoot)

Feature Shoot showcases the work of international emerging and established photographers who are transforming the medium through compelling, cutting-edge projects. Photo: Swan Lake from the series Right Time Right Place



 

 

June 25, 2014
enjoy Vienna Magazine

Right Time Right Place and Less Is More are featured in the latest issue of enjoy Vienna magazine.

The magazine welcoming every passenger arriving in Vienna is more than just a guide for visitors. Business people, people interested in the arts and tourists alike - enjoy Vienna offers a cutting edge overview. enjoy Vienna gives an insight into the vibrant life of the city and informs about topics that are near and dear to the City of Vienna in both in English and German.

"Today the smartphone shutter release is pressed throughout the world 180,000 times per second. But not every click produces a worthwhile picture. How can I avoid imposing the same old boring images on my environment? ‘enjoy Vienna’ decided to find out by asking those who should know – Vienna’s street photographers and filmmakers, who regularly explore the city for surprising situations and unusual subjects." (enjoy Vienna, 07/2014)



NYPH Journal, 8.2 x 11 inches,
120 pages, available at
powerhousebooks.com



 

April 11, 2014
NYPH Journal

Right Time Right Place is featured in the Volume 1 issue of NYPH Journal:
The Future of Contemporary Photography, published by powerHouse Books, New York.

NYPH Journal is a portal into the vast visual landscape that is contemporary photography. The journal focuses on the remarkable talents of photographers included in the The New York Photo Awards and features those artists alongside commissioned essays and articles from taste-makers in contemporary fine art and documentary photography, photobooks, and beyond.

NYPH Journal is a clean and focused look at what the New York Photo Festival has always set out to showcase: The Future of Contemporary Photography.



 

Selected entries from the blog archive

Filter Photo Festival
Le Paris Photobook Club
Art Photo Index
Photobook Slam Berlin
Less Is More at Philadelphia 3rd Annual Book Fair
Undertakers On The Catwalk
Dub Vexxxation Arkestra
Kaunas Photo Festival: Photo/duet/duel Austrian and Swiss photography
Tracing Lines Project