We have just come back from Lausanne, where we had gone for the aunch of reGeneration2 at the Musee de L'Elysee. Sylwia Kowalczyk, my wife, was one of the 80 photographers selected as 'Tomorrow's photographers today', representing the best of the next generation of art photographers. Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of her, and went along to carry her bags and meet a whole bunch of inspiring photographers, many of whom I already knew through their photographs (for example, I had admired Kalle Kataila's photography at an exhibition at Loft Proekt - Etagi in St Petersburg). The Musee de L'Elysee had a proper budget to give a really spectacular launch, flying photographers from all over the world and providing accommodation, as well as a programme of events, including a delicious Thai barbecque. We met many lovely and talented photographers, several from the Helsinki School who seem to be dominating contemporary photography. A particular favourite was Saana Wang, both for sunny and radiant disposition, and her intriguing photographs, which, like Saana herself, transcend the divide between Finnish and Chinese cultures.
Here are Sylwia's pictures hanging in the exhibition. reGeneration2 is being published by Thames and Hudson:-
As you might expect, everything in Switzerland runs like a clock. The driverless trains on the city's metro system are especially cool. Which makes you all the happier when you come across a little design flaw, proving that we are all human after all.