Plachy, WIPI Distinguished Photographer 2004
Lithuania, A Day in the Life by Patrizia Pulga
virtual * visual 2004 exhibition archive
Awards will be presented in New York City, at the Lucie Awards presentation at the American Airlines Theatre, October 18, 2004
Awards Backstage - page 1
Pulga won the opportunity to participate in the Day in the Life of Lithuania.
WIPI received an e-mail from the producers of the project looking for
Professional Photojournalists to particpate in the April 30th project.
Here is a sampling of the images and brief text from Patrizia, who is
based in Italy.
The experience "LITHUANIA 24 hours" was organized by the photographic agency INNA, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. The aim was to involve some lithuanian photographers and other photographers from many parts of the world in taking pictures at the eve of the entrance of their country in European Union. In October a book about this experience will be issued.
headquarters was a very central hotel (NOVOTEL), where INNA Agency organized
a service for photographers to use computers and download digital pictures
(even if not all the photographers used digital cameras). At 6 o'clock
in the morning of April 30th every photographer, accompanied by a Lithuanian
assistant and by a driver, started to take pictures: everyone had a
subject and we had 24 hours to take pictures. Local TV and CNN gave
a lot of importance to this event, which is really amazing: also a lot
of common people knew about the project and during our work very helpfull!!
We were 50 photographers: 30 from Europe and U.S,A. and 20 from Lithuania,
......but we were only 5 women!! Exactlly only 10%!!! One, from Italy,
two from Great Britain, one from the USA, and another Swiss female photographer
that actually lives in Vilnius.
The organizers really had a big effort to organize, tickets, accomodations, our itinerary, our guides, etc, but everythig was really perfect: our assistatants were english or russian speaking young women, mostly University students. The country we tried to discover and to represent in our pictures is a mixture of new and antique, a miscellaneous of modern towns as Vilnius and small villages with an antique castle and a peaceful athmosphere. Everywhere people were really very kind and smiling and everywhere I found to be very friendly.