The 8th festival "Baltic Biennale of Photography" starts working on May 25. The program of the festival includes: a competitive exhibition "Photomania 2017" and festival projects, artist talk with authors and curators of projects.

Prize and diploma winners of the "Photomania 2017" contest will be announced during the festival opening.

The grand opening will take place at 6 pm on May 25 at the Kaliningrad Art Gallery.



  • The big game
    Yulia Abzaltdinova
    From May 25


  • Among the Ruins

Ikuru Kuvadzima

From May 25

  • Small wolves: post-war history.

Klaudi Heinermann

9.06 – 15.07


  • Animal stories.

Animalier photo art. Lithuania.



  • Schwarzwald - transfer.

Group project of German photographers



  • Portrait of Kražiai
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas
  • 25.05-16.06


  • Rain child.

Vetre Antanaviciute.



  • Photomania 2017


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Competitive Exhibition / List of participants

Congratulations to all who passed competitive selection!
Thank you to all who participated in the contest!

Abzaltdinova Julia. Russian Federation, Ekaterinburg
Andrianova Nataliya. Russian Federation, Moscow
Boldyreva Yannina. Russian Federation, Novosibirsk
Borkin Vadim. Russia, Kaliningrad region, Bright
Borsuchenko Irina. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Brazhnikova Kristina. Russian Federation, Voronezh
Bulatova Svetlana. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Chingaev Yaroslav. Russian Federation, Moscow
Com Egveniy. Russian Federation, Evpatoria
Dikaneva Anastasia. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Feoktistov Dmitry. Russian Federation, Omsk
Gailit Aleksey. Russian Federation, Moscow
Isaenkov Alexander. Russian Federation, Moscow
Ivanov  Evgeniy. Russian Federation, Novosibirsk
Ivanov  Evgeniy. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Ivanova Aleksandra. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Jabi Ehtiram. Azerbaijan, Baku
Karpov Andrey. Russian Federation, Novouznetsk
Keylina Marina. Russian Federation, Kinel
Kiseleva Alina. The Russian Federation, Magnitogorsk
Korobka Arkadiy. Russian Federation, Krasnodar Territory, Leningradskaya stanitsa
Kovyak Sergey. Russian Federation, Tula region, Novomoskovsk
Kozlov Sergey. Russian Federation, Penza
Krupitsa Maria. Belarus, Minsk
Kudasheva Alena. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Lukutov Ivan. Russian Federation,  Pos. Golubevo
Makoveeva Svetlana. Russian Federation, Samara
Mikhailova Raisa. Russian Federation, Moscow
Morgunov Denis. Russian Federation, Tyumen
Moysyuk Alexandr. Russian Federation , Surgut
Nevar Vitaly. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Nizaeva Adel. Russian Federation,  Ufa
Nurgaliev Ruslan. Russian Federation, Saratov
Onischenko Vyacheslav. Ukraine, Odessa
Orlov Alexey. Russian Federation, Yoshkar-Ola
Palchik Vladimir. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Pesterev Sergey. Russian Federation, Moscow region., Pos. Mendeleevo
Platon Pavel. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Pritisk Yuri. Russian Federation, Novocheboksarsk
Ramazanov Nikolay. Russian Federation, Kursk
Romanenko Andrey. Russia, Moscow region, Pushkino
Rudik Stepan. Poland, Warsaw
Rutoed Robert. Austria, Vienna
Sadykov_Farhad. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Sarychev Maxim. Belarus, Minsk
Sergeeva Alena. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Shapran Andrey. Russian Federation, Moscow
Shulgevich Tatyana. Belarus, Minsk
Sidorova Ksenia. Russian Federation, Moscow
Strygina Evgeniya. Russian Federation, Pereslavl-Zalessky
Syrchikova Kristina. Russian Federation, Samara
Tarasova Svetlana. Russian Federation, Kaluga
Titovich Pavel. Russian Federation, Belgorod
Tkacheva Tatyana. Belarus, Minsk
Tsatsura Anastasia. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Tsider Anastasia. Russian Federation, Saint-Petersburg
Unitsyn Anton. Russia, Novosibirsk
Vadim Kachan. Belarus, Minsk
Valaseviciene Kristina. Lithuania, Kaunas distr., Domeikava
Veledzimovich Alexander. Belarus, Vitebsk
Veter Sergey. Russian Federation, Voronezh
Vodyanitsky Constantin. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Vogmer Anna. Russian Federation, Ekaterinburg
Volkov Pavel. Russian Federation, Moscow
Yasnopolsky Nick. Russian Federation, Moscow
Zozulya Alexandr. Belarus, Mozyr

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Pictures of an Impermanent World / Claudio Santambrogio / Italy

17 Apr 2015 Pictures of an Impermanent World / Claudio Santambrogio / Italy

Pictures of an Impermanent World / Claudio Santambrogio / Italy

Opening April 17, 2015

Amber Museum, Vasilevsky Square 1


Pictures of an Impermanent World


Claudio Santambrogio – an Italian photographer who came to photography through music and art.

He made his first pictures on a Rolleiflex camera, which he got from his grandfather on the maternal side. Now he is mostly working with a Deardorf camera from 1930, with which he travels around the world, leaving traces everywhere in the form of unique images and daguerreotypes. His old cameras and lenses, the craft of print making, and the presentation of the photographs allow the viewer to see the world through the eyes of time.

Photographer, musician, linguist, who speaks eight languages, Claudio did a lot for the development of modern photography. His works are in galleries, museums and private collections in The Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy and Russia.

The photographs pay attention to subtle nuances and shades, conveying subtle gradations of emotions through a concise expression that has its root in Japan, revealing the photographer's passion for Japanese art. At the heart of his work is the notion of “mono no aware”, the hidden charm of things: enchanted by the beauty of things – a flower, a young person, the facade of a building – yet tinged by a shade of sadness, close to the Buddhist understanding of the illusory nature and the transiency of the manifested material world.

His work can also be understood through the prism of Japanese poetry. Concise, and sensual, like a haiku. Fleeting beauty, encased in a photograph.

The artist draws the viewer's attention to minute details, water reflections, shadows, he finds beauty in the curves of a female body, in the branches of trees, in the twilight streets.

Work on each photo takes several weeks – from planning and execution, to film development and to making the print.

The darkroom, the inner sanctum of the artist, is the place where in dark shadows lit by red light his works of art see the light of the world...

Anastasia Filatova




Claudio Santambrogio is a photographer and flutist.

He has been active as a flutist both in the field of early as well as contemporary music, specializing on period instruments, and he is a member of The Modena Consort.

He is a self-taught photographer, working exclusively with analogue film cameras, primarily with large format cameras. He prefers to work with historical lenses, mounted in barrels without a shutter. This allows for the flexibility of manual exposure with the help of lens caps. He develops and processes the negatives and prints with traditional photographic craft and chemicals, often making use of historical photographic techniques.

A lot of his photographic research is dedicated to historical photographic and printing processes, including photogenic drawings, calotypes, salt prints, albumen prints, daguerreotypes, platinum prints, gum bichromate, as well as lith prints.

He is working at the Conservatorio della Fotografia near Milano (Italy), a centre for analog photography and traditional photographic printing, making direct colour and black-and-white prints from negatives, as well as printing with various alternative and historic techniques.


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Organizers and Partners 2015








About the project

International festival 

 “The Baltic Photo Biennale. Photomania.”

The largest regional project «International festival “The Baltic Photo Biennale Photomania” takes place every two years in Kaliningrad Area starting from 2003. The unique festival idea is to unite professional and amateur photo artwithin one wide scale project.  Contest exhibition and out-of-competition festival projects, workshops and lectures on the photo arthistory are combined into different festival events that spread over main exhibition spots of Kaliningrad during a month.

The international competition is open for both professional and amateur photographers and the winners are awarded by competent jury from different countries.

A wide range of genres and styles are presented including archives, retrospective and modern art photography. You can find here many authors from Russia, Baltic Sea region and other European countries. There are educational cycles within the frameworks of the festival also where famous masters give their lectures and workshops for beginners, curators and photo editors organize portfolio reviews.

Catalogue 2013