The Tbilisi Photo Festival, now in its eighth year, aims to unite the most exciting photography from across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The Tbilisi Photo Festival, now in its eighth year, aims to unite the most exciting photography from across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Tomorrow, the Tbilisi Photo Festival – the only event of its kind in south Caucasus – returns for the eighth consecutive year. Dubbed as a creative “meeting ground” between the east and west, the week-long festival draws photographers from across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

This year’s theme is “fashion,” and the lineup is probably the most provocative and diverse yet. From the daring to the seductive, organisers are hoping to emphasise “all existing connections between fashion, the tradition of identity representation, ideology and the photographic image.”

Representing Europe, there’s Guy Bourdin and Vivianne Sassen – two artists who have rewritten the rules of fashion photography. The former, seen as one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, is known for his surreal, enigmatic portraits. The latter, a breakout star of the 21st, is known for her daring, conceptual compositions. Both will be heading up the festival with their own shows.

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017. Courtesy of Art + Commerce, 2017 

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017. Courtesy of Art + Commerce, 2017

De La Mar , 2010 © Viviane Sassen. In And Out Of Fashion.

De La Mar , 2010 © Viviane Sassen. In And Out Of Fashion.

A group show, called Identities, will bring together work from across the east and west. The collection, which consists mostly of “found” images, will look at the way personal identity is portrayed through photography, particularly in the Middle East and Asia. The show will include 1970s studio portraits from Indian photographer Suresh Punjabi, and Thomas Dworzak’s acclaimed Taliban portrait series. Never-before-seen fashion spreads from pre-Islamic revolution Iran will also feature.

Iranian Photo Studio of pre-Islamic revolution. Collection of Shadi Ghadirian.

Iranian Photo Studio of pre-Islamic revolution. Collection of Shadi Ghadirian.

Taliban. Collection of Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Taliban. Collection of Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

The festival will also host the first exhibition of Thomas Dworzak’s Russian Journal Revisited – a reinterpretation of John Steinbeck’s 1947 tour of the USSR. The trip saw the author visit Georgia, Ukraine and Russia shortly after the second world war, alongside Magnum agency co-founder Robert Capa.

Other highlights include a tribute to the late American photojournalist Stanley Greene, a selection of open-air night screenings, and a celebration of Magnum’s 70th anniversary. The full schedule can be seen on the festival’s official website.

Identities. Easter Germany Fashion Photo.  Gunter Roubitzc. 1960-80. AKG Images

Identities. Easter Germany Fashion Photo. Gunter Roubitzc. 1960-80. AKG Images

Identities. Suhag Studio. Images by Suresh Punjabi. 1970-80

Identities. Suhag Studio. Images by Suresh Punjabi. 1970-80

Identities. Bikini Collection. The trophy Collection of Soviet Soldier. 1953

Identities. Bikini Collection. The trophy Collection of Soviet Soldier. 1953

Identities. Suhag Studio. Images by Suresh Punjabi. 1970-80

Identities. Suhag Studio. Images by Suresh Punjabi. 1970-80

Iranian Photo Studio of pre-Islamic revolution. Collection of Shadi Ghadirian.

Iranian Photo Studio of pre-Islamic revolution. Collection of Shadi Ghadirian.

Taliban. Collection of Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Taliban. Collection of Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Identities. Bikini Collection. The trophy Collection of Soviet Soldier. 1953

Identities. Bikini Collection. The trophy Collection of Soviet Soldier. 1953

 

The Tbilisi Photo Festival will run from September 13th to 20th.

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