Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo

The largest photo festival in Europe - which has also been held in Baden bei Wien since 2018.

The “who’s who” of photography will have the opportunity to show off a fascinating world of pictures in a gigantic open air gallery, all as part of the free exhibition held between 1 June and 30 September 2019 under the motto of “HYMNE AN DIE ERDE”, or “Hymn to the Earth”.

Nature, beauty and photography

The photographer, Jacques Rocher, was responsible for bringing this Festival to life back in 2004 in his place of birth, La Gacilly, in Brittany, this Festival being dedicated entirely to the subject of humans and the environment. With his deeply-held conviction that it is our duty to continuously confront the future of our planet and seek humanistic and sustainable concepts in our dealings with the natural world and making all of our lives better, he has managed to turn the Festival into an event whose social relevance has become an international benchmark with its combination of artistic photography and photo-journalism.

A city transformed into a stage

Thanks to the aesthetic magic of pictorial narratives created by the best photographers in the world, Baden will once again be transformed into a work of art for the second year running between 1 June and 30 September under the motto of “HYMNE AN DIE ERDE”, or “Hymn to the Earth”. With the works displayed on canvasses measuring up to 280 m² in size, the Festival will extend from the visitor's centre at Brusattiplatz, covering two loops over a total of 7 km through the historical part of Baden, as well as through the “Doblhoffpark” and “Gutenbrunner Park” public parks – and all of this with free admission too!

The world “en gros” and “en détail” 

The situation our planet is in, its unique beauty as well as the threats posed to our “blue planet” and humanity are described with the aid of contemporary photography. This ranges from the photographic observations seen in Spike Walker’s millionfold enlargements of life as viewed through a microscope, right through to Thomas Pesquets’ impressions during his 196 days as an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS), when he orbited the earth. “From my space ship I had the best possible point from which to view the earth,” Thomas Pesquet remarked enthusiastically – “its beauty and all its treasures, but also its vulnerability”. An additional 26 photographs, a photographic collective and 16 selected schools in Brittany and in Lower Austria all visualise our orbital and microcosmic existence with a joint plea for peace, tolerance and togetherness, borne by humanistic persuasion.

The works on display include those produced by Philippe Bourseiller, Jean Gaumy, Olaf Otto Becker, Matthieu Ricard, William Albert Allard, Shana & Robert Parke Harrison, Karen Knorr, Jan C. Schlegel, Michael Nichols, Emil Gataullin, Claudia Andujar, Miguel Dewever-Plana, Brent Stirton, Fausto Podavini, Emanuele Scorcelletti, Frédéric Delangle, Phil Hatcher-Moore, Édouard Elias, Catalina Martin-Chico, Stéphane Couturier, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Chris Jordan, Matjaz Krivic, Laetitia Vancon, Andréa Mantovani and Joséphine Brueder.

La Gacilly Baden-Photo