The Equivalents Association, operating since 2013, brings together people of different occupations, believes and experiences, who share the same passion: photography. Although they are searching for inspirations in different places, the most important for them is to make their feelings – accompanying them when taking pictures – appearing in their photographs. As the photographs, like a mirror, should reflect the subtle sensations of the photographer and to become the equivalent of his impressions and emotions captured in them.
Both, the name of the association and the title of its first exhibition, come from the photographic trend founded in the USA in the 1920s and 1930s. The concept of equivalence in photography appeared first in Alfred Stieglitz’s works, although it is Minor White who is considered the founder of the complete rule. What inspires the members of the association is the achievements of the American Group f/64, founded in 1932 by Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke and Edward Weston as well as the later artists like Paul Caponigro, Frederick Sommer and John Daido Loori.
“The basic of the photographer-equivalentist’s work is to focus on their own experiences,” -says Karol Bagiński, a curator of the exhibition and a member of the society. - “Photographs become a record of the feelings and emotions that appear while shooting. These pictures are not to be read intellectually, because according to the intentions of their authors, they go beyond the physicality of the objects, beyond measurable forms, beyond symbolism, language and cultural barriers. It is hard to classify them clearly as landscape, abstract or creative photography. The photographed objects become a transmitter of emotional, non-intellectual stimuli. A context, location, time and people are not important to read them. Intuition and empathy are enough.”
The exhibition will present 84 works by 14 members of the Equivalents Association: Karol Bagiński (doc! #11), Marcin Bogdanowicz, Adrian Czechowski, Aleksandra Drutkowska, Katarzyna Dyszyńska, Michał Jeliński, Zbigniew Kołodziejek, Tomasz Kubaczyk, Stanisław Kudroń, Bartłomiej Matłosz, Krzysztof Porzeżyński, Jakub Sagan, Konrad Smolak and Radosław Zawadzki.
PSF Ekwiwalenty – EQUIVALENTS
@ District 19 (47a Kolejowa St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: April 1 at 6:00 PM.
The exhibition will be open to the public until May 12, 2016.
The PSF Ekwiwalenty exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.