In 1914 Oskar Barnack, an employee at the optics enterprise Leitz in the German town of Wetzlar and a passionate amateur filmmaker, developed the first miniature camera that did not use glass plate exposure like other cameras at the time, but roll film. After its introduction to the market in 1924 it became a worldwide success and its compact size enabled a whole new kind of photography. Since 2014 the exhibition “Eyes Wide Open! – 100 Years of Leica Photography” has been taking a look at the culture that surrounds it and presenting the best pieces of the century in various European cities.
“I dreamed of becoming an actor. Instead I create tire sculptures.” Aghvan dreamed of becoming an actor. However he didn’t have the chance to make his dream come true in his life . He left school when he was 14 when he started to work and support his family. Aghvan’s first job was at a bakery, so being a baker can be considered his first profession. When he turned 18 he was enlisted in the army for two years. After serving he didn’t want to go back to his previous job, so he took some lessons and became a car tire specialist.
Photographer Gianfranco Tripodo has achieved one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism, the World Press Photo, thanks to a snapshot that shows one of the harshest realities of the European Union: the situation of immigrants in the border city of Melilla.
Protest songs are common in every country. Mainly throughout the 60’s and 70’s, when rock and folk became charged with political and social statements about the world, sex, work, power, relations between people, discrimination. They call for change and denounce that which is wrong. Protest songs are especially important and courageous in countries where fighting oppression can cost you your life. And that was the case in Portugal during the 40 year period of the dictatorship that ended with the Carnation Revolution in 1974.
Petros is 28 years old, and an actor in the theatre. Some years ago, after finishing his degree in Finance, he faced a dilemma: to find a job related to his studies, or follow the uncertain road of the actor. He chose the latter. We met him to understand what it means to chase your dreams.
In 2012, seven brave friends founded a “social business” consisting of a bike kitchen and a cosy little bar in Novi Sad, northern Serbia. Anna, Suzzy, Lani, Danny, Mary, Pavel and Simon spend their time teaching others how to repair their bikes, organising workshops and language courses and most of it for free.
On the curvy roads of Armenia I feel sick and lost, waiting to get to the destination.
In the last 10 years, Armenia joined in the Museum Night events, and has been celebrating it with great verve. This is a unique year for Armenia as 100 museums over the country joined the event, 39 of which are located in Yerevan. On May the 17th, the museums are free and open to all visitors, from 6 pm till 12 am. So, I took my camera and walked through as many museums as I could in the limited time I had.
Who has never dreamt of spending a night in a museum? Would you like to know what the paintings, the works of art and, the sculptures look like when seen in the moonlight? Meeting Halfway’s Culture group tried this for you. Well, they did this during the European night of the museums. They didn’t visit every single one of the thousands of museums which took part, but from Greece to Siberia, from Spain to Hungary, let’s have a look at what they saw!
“Youth is like diamonds in the sun and diamonds are forever” go the words of Alphaville’s song “Forever Young”. One girl in the Balkans shines just like a diamond even when she’s often surrounded by stones. She refuses to belong. She’s herself. Meet Andrea Petrović, the painter, the musician, the artist.