The Latio team respect art and especially treasure photography.
For several years within our photo projects we support and help to create photographs it has become a favorite tradition for us, our clients, partners, and artists: Latio black-and-white photography calendar and Latvia Photography Award of the Year.
It is the fifteenth year since Latio started developing and issuing exclusive calendars consisting of black-and-white photographs, each calendar being published in a limited edition - 1000 copies.
Each year there are different formatting and means of expression, but the core value has never changed – high-quality black-and-white photography!
Calendars are worth being collected over the years and have become to be a permanent value in the history of Latvian photography. Included are works of authors from several generations, some of them dedicated to well-known masters of photography – Andrejs Grants, Gvido Kajons, Mārcis Bendiks, Gunārs Binde, Vilhelms Mihailovskis, Valdis Brauns, Pēteris Jaunzems.
“Latio” black-and-white 2018 calendar “Kārlis Lakše. Life in Latvia before World War II”
Kārlis Lakše is one of the most exceptional Latvian photographers from the last century’s 20-40s depicting in his works of art values lost by Latvia, like Perse Waterfall, and intact landscapes, especially around Koknese, Latgale and Kurzeme; he has also immortalized his peers and important gatherings, like horse racing, open-air parties, plays, agricultural exhibitions.
Kārlis Lakše, a native of Koknese, was a Latvian photographer and painter who lived from 1892 to 1949; he left the inheritance of more than 3,000 glass plate negatives. These plates make only a small fraction of his photos because most of them were destroyed during World War II.
“Latio” black-and-white 2017 calendar “Uldis Briedis. Pros and Cons. Cons and Pros.”
During the Soviet years Uldis Briedis (1940), best known as a long-time photographer for the newspaper “Diena”, worked as a photojournalist for such newspapers as “Soviet Youth”, Liepaja regional newspapers “Communist” and “Lenin’s Path”; over the course of almost 50 years as an active photographer, his works of art have been published in many mass media. The photographer has also been arrested many times while doing his job. Photo stories by Uldis Briedis have often depicted the most important events in Latvia around the second half of the 20th century. He has been awarded many times and twice acknowledged as the best media photographer (in 1984 and 1988); he has also been awarded by the Latvian Association of Journalists (1988). In 2010, publishing house Neputns published the book “The Hunter of Time” by Laima Slava honoring the artist. In 2011, Uldis Briedis was awarded the Order of the Three Stars.
Uldis Briedis was supported by Latio during Riga Photography Biennial 2016 – an international contemporary art event focused on photography as a form of art, prioritizing Latvia, the Baltic States, and Europe.
Pēteris Jaunzems has been fascinated by the art of photography ever since 1976. By now, he has held more than six hundred exhibitions. He has been awarded 13 gold, silver, and bronze medals by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and nine FIAP Honorable Mention Ribbons; on seven occasions, he has been acknowledged by the French Photographic Society. In 1997 (Vienna), Pēteris Jaunzems became the world champion in the group of black-and-white photography.
“Latio” black-and-white photography 2014 calendar “Valdis Brauns. Photography collection “The Land Where to Dance Blissfully””
Valdis Brauns has worked with photos since 1966. His works of art depict maritime and fishermen's daily affairs; he also takes photos of landscapes and erotic art; he has also portrayed actors and other artists. Valdis Brauns has taken a part in almost 300 exhibitions, received more than 140 awards, including the first-in-Latvia golden medal “GoldenEye” by World Press Photo for his work “Rain of Joy”, published in more than 160 books, journals, catalogs, and advertisement publication.
Vilhelms Mihailovskis started his work in photography art in 1969; he organized 54 personal exhibitions in Latvia and abroad, took part in more than 300 local and international photography art exhibitions, and received more than 100 international photography awards.
The year 2012 is an anniversary year for me - it marks 50 years since I discovered myself as a photographer starting with the photograph “Psychological Portrait” taken in 1962. I am delighted that„Latio issues black-and-white photography calendars. Black-and-white photography is classic, it is the most complete and developed form, it is beautiful and eloquent/”.
Latvia Photography Award of the Year
To celebrate the Latvian photographer's performance and increase awareness about the significance of photography in contemporary art Latio has given our contribution in organizing "Latvia Photography Award of the Year” events in 2006 and 2007.
It was a pleasure to discover and present the photographers’ works and this beautiful genre of art.