The Festival

In these unusual, peculiar times, a new photo festival is emerging in Kranj, Slovenia, addressing the challenging topic of ISOLATION | FREEDOM.

Exploring critical issues of our era, the Kranj Foto Fest attempts to bring together a range of different perspectives from emerging and established photographers and visual artists from all over the world.

We want to stimulate awareness and understanding of society through photography. Our aim is to promote contemporary photography searching for original forms of visual communication. The festival wants to exhibit, promote, support and develop the works of Slovenian and international artists, building a strong and lasting platform for contemporary photography.

The city of Kranj is a unique place to host a photo festival: the medieval history of the town meets the present and future of innovations.

The city of photography pioneers: it was exactly here, in this alpine scenery, that in 1842, Janez Puhar – a priest, poet, scientist and the first Slovenian photographer – created a unique process of photography on glass. The hyalotype (or puharotype in his honor) generated a positive image with a short exposure of only 15 seconds, allowing Janez Puhar to make portraits and reproductions. Because of this invention, Kranj conquered a spot on the world map of the very beginnings of photography buildup.

Having this remarkable historical context as a backdrop, the Kranj Foto Fest has been created to celebrate photography and its significance. The program, curated by a team of experts, includes exhibitions, talks, workshops, masterclasses, projections and portfolio reviews taking place in the scenic old town in the summer.

During the festival, Kranj will be transformed into an exciting stage that welcomes photographers to exchange experiences and build a strong network.

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The team

Get to know the team behind the scenes of Kranj Foto Fest:

Petra Puhar



Fernanda Prado Verčič

Artistic Director


Nika Perne

Expert Adviser


The jury

Barbara Čeferin

Ciril Jazbec

Moritz Neumüller

Klavdij Sluban

Fernanda Prado Verčič


You are kindly invited to Kranj, Slovenia, a historic and green city with modern vibes, nestled in the heart of the Alps and a pioneering city of photography. Visit Kranj during the Kranj Foto Fest with the culmination of events between 25 and 29 August 2021.

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Petra Puhar has been creatively involved in culture since her young age, in professional and private life. She headed the design department and built communication culture in several companies. Now she works at the City Library Kranj and runs Family Art School Puhart. Over the past 30 years, she has designed and implemented numerous cultural and artistic projects. For her contribution to the cultural revival of Kranj in 2009, she was awarded the Grand Plaque of the Municipality of Kranj. She is a relative of the first Slovenian photographer Janez Puhar, his researcher, promoter and author of a traveling exhibition about him. Inspired by his inventiveness she always dreamed of a photo festival in her hometown, the pioneering city of photography. In 2021, together with her friends, her dream – Kranj Foto Fest is becoming a reality.

Fernanda Prado Verčič is a Brazilian curator, photo editor and journalist who moved from the cosmopolitan São Paulo to the tranquil Kranj ten years ago. When she settled in her new town, she got to know about its valuable history in photography. She kept wondering: “What if a photo festival took place in this alpine scenery where a type of photography on glass was invented?”. The idea was kept in her mind for so many years and finally came to light during this pandemic. Together with Petra, Fernanda is creating the Kranj Foto Fest and has the ambitious dream to include Kranj in the world map of important festivals on contemporary photography.

Nika Perne is a freelance producer and curator working in the fields of photography, light art and digital technologies. Her relationship with photography started during her studies at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana and evolved further through her work at organizations such as Emzin Institute and the Jakopič Gallery. She likes to discover exhibitions in non-conventional settings, wander through shelves full of photography books and meet people with stories. After living in Lisbon for the past five years, where she worked as responsible for International Relations at Ocubo, a video-mapping company, she returned to her hometown, with a drive to produce artistic events that encompass meaningful storytelling and happen mainly in public space.