Photojournalism - NOMINEE: Robert Rutoed
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An expedition through the grotesque realm of must-haves and mega-trends
It seems as if there is a constant factor amidst the diversity of our dreams: The longing for a heavenly life, the hope for permanent feeling of happiness. Since time immemorial, this long awaited, beautiful earthly paradise has been distant. But, in reality, are all the places equally distant from paradise? Are some places not closer? Maybe even enticingly close?
To explore these questions, the photographer Robert Rutöd went into the burlesque realm of trade fairs and exhibition areas. An almost ten-year expedition through materialized world of dreams is now visually retold in Fair(y) Tales.
"I feel just like Alice in Wonderland as I walk from the taster massage to a certified sleep consultant, from the undertakers' fashion show to the wine tasting, from the Garden of Earthly Delights to the Jacob's Ladders in the garden festival. In the turmoil between the horns of award-winning cattle champions, waiting their turn for the photo shoot of the breeding catalog, it can sometimes get a little queasy. But as the saying goes: They all lived happily until their deaths.”
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_01.jpg: Funeral Fair - Undertakers' fashion show
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_02.jpg: Agricultural Fair - Photo shoot of the breeding catalog
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_03.jpg: House & Garden Fair
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_04.jpg: Holiday Fair
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_05.jpg: Coin Fair
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_06.jpg: Art Fair
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_07.jpg: Kitchen & Bath Fair
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_08.jpg: Baby Fair
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_09.jpg: Cosplay Fair
robert_rutoed_fairy_tales_10.jpg: Erotic Fair
Born 1959 in Vienna, photographer and filmmaker. His work have been shown at numerous festivals and exhibitions throughout the world and received several awards including the New York Photo Award, and most recently Artist of the Year at Dong Gang International Photo Festival. Books: Less Is More (2009), Milky Way (2014) and Right Time Right Place (2015).
The Society of the Spectacle – Malmö Fotobiennal (Malmö, Sweden) G
Baltic Biennale of Photography (Kaliningrad, Russia) G
Facts and clarifications – Riga Photomonth (Riga, Latvia) G
Secvențe – Sequences Photography Festival (Ploiești, Romania) G
Dong Gang International Photo Festival (Seoul, South Korea) S
Celebrating Europe (Kaunas, Lithuania) G
From Memory and Oblivion (Guadalajara, Mexico) G
Miami Street Photography Festival (Trendy Studio, Miami, USA) G
Delhi Photo Festival (New Delhi, India) G
Copenhagen Photo Festival (Carlsberg Byen, Denmark) G
Smashbox Group Show (Los Angeles, USA) G
Right Time Right Place (Galeria Fotografii, Bielsko-Biała, Poland) S
An Eye for an Ear (Galerie Huit, Arles, France) G
Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Tbilisi, Georgia) G
Foto8 Summershow (Host Gallery, London, UK) G
Provocation (NY Photo Festival, powerHouse Arena, New York,