Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska @ Stara ZPAF Gallery

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I met them in Serbia in January 2016. They had been fleeing the world they knew well to the one that seemed to be better to them. They had been on their way for a few, dozen, dozens of days. They had paid a lot for it.

I didn’t go there just to photograph, however, I constantly had my camera with me and whenever I could, I took pictures. Not to forget their faces. But first, those people had to be helped, and if there was some free time left, then to talk to them. Only then was the time to think about taking a picture. They mostly agreed, but the women – they almost never wanted to be photographed, unless with their children. I tried to write down their names, cities, pieces of their stories, but there was no place, no time, no way to do that. Over these five days, 5 to 10 thousand people had crossed that place. Although I only encountered a small fraction of this number, all the facts have mixed up, making it impossible to combine the name with the face.

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There was no time for staging, perfecting a composition, waiting for better light. It would rather be unfair in those circumstances. What only mattered, it was to record those people.

The people like us.

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Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska (b. 1979) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | architect and freelance photographer | member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers ZPAF | fellow of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2013) | has participated in numerous exhibitions | works on her own photographic projects | deals with portrait, street photography and clay modelling | author of the book I Just Miss My Husband. Meetings with Widows (self-published, 2013) | yoga and factual literature lover | has published in many magazines, including doc! photo magazine (doc! #24).

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska – CLOSER
@ Stara ZPAF Gallery (8 Zamkowy Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: June 6 at 7.15 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until July 1, 2017

The Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

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