From 1 June to 30 September 2019, the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo brings the world’s best photographers to Baden bei Wien on the theme Hymn to the Earth. Starting at the visitor centre on Brusattiplatz, the Festival winds through the old town of Baden and through Doblhoffpark, Gutenbrunner Park and Kurpark – in two routes of 7 kilometres in total.
In France, each summer, 400 000 people enjoy the largest and most exciting photo festival in Europe. No, not in Paris, but far from any metropolis, in the Breton village of La Gacilly. The outstanding quality of the Festival is what attracts visitors to the remote location. Festival Photo La Gacilly has now struck off and found a new, second, home in Baden bei Wien. From 1 June to 30 September, the Festival presents nearly 2 000 photographs, some of them on panels up to 280 sqm in size, on a route of 7 kilometres through the parks, lanes and squares of the town, grouped in pictorial narratives created by 38 of the world’s best photographers. In Baden as in La Gacilly entry is free.
Festival impressions from La Gacilly in France
Hymn to the Earth
The 2019 Festival is dedicated to the planet Earth. Contemporary photography describes its exceptional beauty as well as the threats to humanity. Between orbit and microcosm, 38 exhibitions visualize our existence with an appeal for peace, tolerance and togetherness, born by a humanist attitude.
Festival impressions 2018 from Baden bei Wien in Austria
The 2018 Festival was the start of an exclusive cooperation of La Gacilly and Baden. The photo festival will now be held every summer, first in La Gacilly and in the following year in Baden. What you see in Baden in 2019 was shown in France in 2018 and will continue in this sequence. This opens up an opportunity to admire the world’s best photographers first in the west of our continent and then in the heart of Europe.
Once upon a time a capable young man in Brittany began to build up a small, exquisite cosmetics business. Yves Rocher succeeded in creating a global brand with his organic products and his intelligent distribution system. The company is still based near the village of La Gacilly. Jacques Rocher, one of Yves’ sons and long-term mayor of his birthplace, had a wonderful idea. In 2004 Jacques initiated a photo festival in La Gacilly dedicated to the theme of Man and the Environment. Without false fanaticism, but from a firm conviction that it boosts understanding if you break down global problems to the level of the village and the family. He began by providing an opportunity for people to engage with the future of the Earth and of humanity in a comprehensible manner. To this end he harnessed the possibilities of photography, the most powerful, topical, contemporary and expressive art form of the last one hundred years. And he caught the spirit of our times.
Contacts between Baden and La Gacilly evolved from a friendship between Jacques Rocher and Lois Lammerhuber, a major contemporary Austrian photographer. Lammerhuber has created well over 1000 photo reports, about 250 of them for GEO magazine. Add to that 79 books and hundreds of magazine covers. In 2009, jointly with his wife Silvia Lammerhuber, he founded publishing house Edition Lammerhuber, which has since received more than 200 awards and was voted best European photo book publisher in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Lammerhuber has been a member of the Art Directors Club New York since 1994. In 2014 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria.