In the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, local politicians are seeking to cancel a photography exhibition because if features LGBT themes. The exhibition, titled Balkan Pride, is due to open in July. However, some politicians claim that they are ready to use both legal and illegal means to prevent it from being opened.
When I first saw the evocative work of Bulgarian photographer Ivaylo Petrov in his series “Portraits of Shame,” I was immediately captivated. The series is a collection of images depicting Bulgarian athletes inside their training center in Vidin. The most startling aspect of the project, as I came to learn, is that these are not creative images in some nostalgic urban decay environment – these are photographs inside an active training ground that’s still in use today.
I wanted to know more about the project and Ivaylo’s passion behind it, so I decided to ask him some questions.
A perennial favorite, Rebecca Litchfield, never fails to impress us with her beautifully crafted photos, and the collection she has just published from a recent trip to Bulgaria is no exception. On the second day of her travels to Buzludzha, Bulgaria, the skies opened up and dropped a foot of snow, providing the perfect prop for her photoshoot with model, Dorina Georgieva, at the former communist monument.[Read More…]
Many people would like to see certain things change in their city. Maybe encourage modernization or perhaps slow it down; promote new policies or change existing ones.
While most will settle for signing an online petition or ranting on social media, a couple of young artists from Sofia have taken a fun approach to raising awareness of the causes near and dear to them.
Sofia Monsters is an amusing series that gets the message across without taking itself too seriously.