EASTREET is an exhibition and publication dedicated to street photography from Eastern Europe. It is one of the biggest initiatives of its kind. Almost 20.000 photos were submitted to all three editions by the authors from around the world. So far, over 200 photos by the authors from 22 countries were presented in form of the exhibition and publication. The third edition of Eastreet took place in July 2015 in Lublin, Poland. Previous editions were presented in Belgium, Cambodia, Georgia, France, Thailand and Ukraine.
Each year, the best photos selected by a group of Curators are being presented in a form of a gallery exhibition, as well as an additional outdoor installation in the city streets and a book publication presenting all the works. The publication is distributed during the opening, as well as within a specially selected group of international institutions, galleries and curators. The third edition of Eastreet is featuring 82 photos by photographers from 18 countries.
The organizers believe Eastreet should be an opportunity for a closer look at human presence within the public spaces of Eastern Europe — through the unposed and spontaneous street photography, documenting the unique moments, ideas and symbols. Through the photos which can help us to visually describe the region, to look at it beyond stereotypes, borders and differences, but at the same time – attempt to define Eastern Europe, show its current state and unique qualities. The goal of Eastreet is to create a complex and diverse portrait of the region and street photography itself. The questions that is posed is: What kind of changes do people experience and what kind of interactions do they participate in? How does an individual shape her/his environment, how does it influence our life, how do we interact with it? What is hidden under the surface of everyday life in this part of the World?
The formula of street photography fits ideally to this subject matter, but it is not understood in a narrow, conventional way: the exhibition features also a wide spectrum of documentary photography (as long as they are individual photographs, not series). The borders of the genre are explored, as well as looks for new stylistics, new names, and fresh ideas. Eastreet wants to promote the street photographers working in this part of the world and to build a platform for dialog and inspiration for them. This year’s edition of Eastreet was accompanied by an education programme dedicated to various aspects of documentary photography practice and theory.
Image: Hajdu Tamas