17th edition of Collector’s Photography

The Monster of Düsseldorf © Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) & Władysław Jan Grabski, 1932

The Monster of Düsseldorf
© Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) & Władysław Jan Grabski, 1932

Once again, Collector’s Photography is set to provide a feast of Polish photography with unique photographs and a diversity of techniques, styles and epochs as well as great names, including Witkacy, Lewczyński, Rydet, Niedenthal, Althamer, to name a few.

The artworks exhibited as part of the Collector’s Photography project are both, preeminent in artistic terms and highly desirable as collectible items. This was proven during the previous auctions. This year’s autumn’s event will feature such valuable items too.

The images to be shown at the exhibition span nearly 140 years, thus becoming a record of how photography has changed over the decades. This time, the oldest piece is a portrait of Konrad Brandel’s son, made by the distinguished photographer in 1879. It was awarded with a medal at the Royal Photographic Society exhibition in London, making Brandel the first Polish photographer to win the distinction.

Untitled (study for the Portrait of a Smiling Boy) © Konrad Brandel, 1879

Untitled (study for the Portrait of a Smiling Boy)
© Konrad Brandel, 1879

Pre-war artists, such as Jan Bułhak, Zofia Chomętowska and Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), will be featured too. Of Witkacy’s work, which is highly regarded by collectors, viewers will see The Monster of Düsseldorf, which is one of his most famous pictures. Made in collaboration with Władysław Jan Grabski in 1932, it depicts the artist in an improvised scene with Janina Turowska.

The upcoming edition of the Collector’s Photography will also present works by Witold Romer, including one made in 1933 by means of izohelia, a technique invented by the artist himself. Some of the other photographic techniques to be presented, include gum bichromate, as used by Witold Dederko and Marek Gardulski, photosynthesis, a creative technique characteristic of Krzysztof Pruszkowski, and the photographic collage, which was so masterfully used by Jan Dziaczkowski. Rare examples of a printing technique will be the heliogravures by Awit Szubert, Stanisław and Władysław Bizański, which date back to the early years of the 20th century.

Among the most outstanding examples of portraiture will be the pictures of Jan Bułhak by Benedykt Jerzy Dorys and of Andrzej Wajda by Edward Hartwig and Bogdan Łopieński. A portrait of Edward Hartwig made by his wife Helena in Lublin in the 1940s will be complemented by his self-portrait – a photomontage with a scene depicting female models – dating back to the turn of the 1950s.

Afterlife (DK 442), 2012. Taken from the Life after Life series © Wojciech Wilczyk, 2012/2016

Afterlife (DK 442), 2012. Taken from the Life after Life series
© Wojciech Wilczyk, 2012/2016

The developments and transformations taking place in the present-day world will be mirrored in the photographs by documentary photographers representing various generations. Chris Niedenthal will present Poland in the communist time, while Wojciech Wilczyk, with his Life after Life series, and Michał Szlaga, with his Gdańsk Shipyard photograph, will show the Polish reality after 1989. A somewhat different type of document will be the photographic record of Paweł Althamer’s artistic action UFO, during which Althamer constructed a spaceship in Toporów in 2004.

Conceptual art will be represented by the works of Natalia LL, with her Artificial Photography series (1976), and by Zygmunt Rytka, Jolanta Marcolla and Jan Berdyszak.

Taken from the Gesticulations series © Zbigniew Dłubak, 1970–1978

Taken from the Gesticulations series
© Zbigniew Dłubak, 1970–1978

Such photography classics as Zofia Rydet, Zbigniew Dłubak, Jerzy Lewczyński and Bronisław Schlabs will also make their appearance. The youngest generation of award-winning artists will be represented by Weronika Gęsicka, Marta Zgierska and Patrycja Orzechowska, among others.

Merry Christmas… for whom? © Jerzy Lewczyński, 1960

Merry Christmas… for whom?
© Jerzy Lewczyński, 1960

The list of photographers featured this year includes: Paweł Althamer, Krystyna Andryszkiewicz, Ewa Andrzejewska, Jan Berdyszak, Stanisław Bizański, Władysław Bizański, Konrad Brandel, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Zofia Chomętowska, Maria Chrząszczowa, Kuba Dąbrowski, Witold Dederko, Zbigniew Dłubak, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Jan Dziaczkowski, Marek Gardulski, Weronika Gęsicka, Maurycy Gomulicki, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Edward Hartwig, Helena Hartwig, Henryk Hermanowicz, Krzysztof Kamiński, Jan Kosidowski, Kacper Kowalski, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Ewa Kuryluk, Zbigniew Libera, Jerzy Lewczyński, Natalia LL, Bogdan Łopieński, Łódź Kaliska, Jolanta Marcolla, Andrzej Mroczek, Zofia Nasierowska, Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Patrycja Orzechowska, Krzysztof Pająk, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Henryk Poddębski, Krzysztof Pruszkowski (cd! #1), Konrad Pustoła, Witold Romer, Eva Rubinstein, Sławomir Rumiak, Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Bronisław Schlabs, Leonard Sempoliński, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Michał Szlaga, Awit Szubert, Zbigniew Tomaszczuk, Jerzy Wierzbicki, Wojciech Wilczyk, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Stanisław J. Woś, Wojciech Zawadzki, Piotr Zbierski (doc! #8 & cd! #5), Marta Zgierska, Wiesław Mariusz Zieliński, Zorka Project and Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

Untitled #1. Taken from the Traces series © Weronika Gęsicka, 2015/2016

Untitled #1. Taken from the Traces series
© Weronika Gęsicka, 2015/2016

Collector’s Photography is the only regular auctioning event dedicated exclusively to photography. Since its first edition in 2007, the project has offered collectors a diversity of works by leading Polish artists. The event is accompanied by a Polish-English catalogue with the artists’ bios, photo descriptions and reproductions of all the works.

17th Collector’s Photography
@ Mysia 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: November 5 at 7.00 PM
Auction: November 15 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between November 6 and 15, 2016

Accompanying events:

  • Expositions Vol. 1 – The first edition of a series of meetings devoted to the history of Polish photography. The series is intended to accompany each future edition of the Collector’s Photography -> November 8 at 7.00 PM
  • Which way to the market? - An innovative guide for those who want to function professionally on the art market ->November 13 at 5.00 PM (to 9.00 PM)
  • Collector’s Tour to Paris Photo fairs -> November 10-12, 2016

Read more about the 17th edition of Collector’s Photography and all accompanying events @ www.fotografiakolekcjonerska.pl (website in Polish language version only).

The 17th Collector’s Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

16th edition of Collector’s Photography

Pola Raksa © Bogdan Łopieński, 1967/2007

Pola Raksa
© Bogdan Łopieński, 1967/2007

The possibilities of depicting a person in a photograph seem endless. The topic keeps being refined and re-interpreted, ranging from portraiture, through press photography, which shows people in their natural surroundings, pictures of traces of human activity, to conceptual analyses of human existence.

No3 B. Taken from the No3 series © Joanna Zastróżna, 2001

No3 B. Taken from the No3 series
© Joanna Zastróżna, 2001

Many artists stress that the essence of portrait photography lies in the meeting and establishing a relationship with the model. Thanks to this, the picture does not only show the likeness of a person, but also – more importantly – his/her character. The 16th edition of Collector’s Photography will show how the approach to portrait photography has changed over the years. As always, the Collector’s Photography exhibition will be a combination of works by very prominent and emerging Polish photographers showing portraits of well-known personalities, self-portraits and conceptual works, among others.

Lego. Concentration Camp © Zbigniew Libera, 1996

Lego. Concentration Camp
© Zbigniew Libera, 1996

Photographers: Krystyna Andryszkiewicz, Karol Beyer, Dorota Buczkowska, Agata Bogacka, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Wiktor Dąbkowski, Kuba Dąbrowski, Marta Deskur, Zbigniew Dłubak, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Jan Dziaczkowski, Marek Gardulski, Andrzej Georgiew, Edward Hartwig, Helena Hartwig, Magda Hueckel, Krzysztof Kamiński, Marek Konieczny, Jan Kosidowski, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Zofia Kulik, Paweł Kwiek, Andrzej Lachowicz, Janusz Leśniak, Jerzy Lewczyński, Zbigniew Libera, Natalia LL, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Katarzyna Mirczak, Maciek Nabrdalik (doc! #15), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Roman Opałka, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Joanna Piotrowska, Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Jacek Poremba (doc! #8), Józef Robakowski, Tadeusz Rolke (doc! #11), Sławomir Rumiak, Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Bronisław Schlabs, Karol Szczeciński, Andrzej Świetlik (cd! #7), Zbigniew Warpechowski, Ryszard Waśko, Witold Węgrzyn, Wojtek Wieteska (doc! #17), Stanisław Ignacy “Witkacy” Witkiewicz, Joanna Zastróżna, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, Paweł Żak (cd #1 & #6).

Collector’s Photography is the only regular auctioning event in Poland dedicated exclusively to photography.

Collector’s Photography – BEYOND A PORTRAIT. THE PERSON IN POLISH PHOTOGRAPHY
@ Mysia 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: May 4 at 7:00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between May 5 and May 15, 2016
Auction: May 15 at 7:00 PM

The 16th edition of Collector’s Photography is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

15th Edition of Collector’s Photography

Jackie Smith. © Ryszard Horowitz, 1973/2015.

Jackie Smith. © Ryszard Horowitz, 1973/2015.

Collector’s Photography – the Poland’s only regular auctioning event dedicated exclusively to photography – invites for its 15th edition that will take place this November.

This time, the highlights include a heliograph by Karol Hiller dating back to the 1930s, the well-known Man Before His Work by Jerzy Kosiński, and an early portrait of Natalia LL made by Jerzy Pierściński in Bulgaria in 1967. Edward Hartwig’s photographs will be shown next to A Portrait with a Rose taken by his wife Helena Hartwig and showing their daughter Ewa. Ryszard Horowitz will be represented by his famous Jackie Smith, while Beata Tyszkiewicz – a symbol of beauty and elegance of Polish cinema – will appear in Bogdan Łopieński’s picture shot during a peculiar fashion session for the Polska monthly. Zofia Rydet and her much-appreciated works will be present, too. One of them will be a photo coming from her renowned series Sociological Record. In his Wrocław, 1982, Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6) will take us back to the Polish People’s Republic, where we will meet a beauty on a balcony of one of the iconic tower blocks in Wrocław’s Manhattan. Each of the artists has a special position in the history of Polish photography. Their works are an expression of their individual artistic search driven by a desire to record reality, preserve memory, comment on crucial social or existential issues, or the need to experiment with form and create new worlds. Often the works are a peculiar reflection of the artists’ times, the people they met or meet or their personal experiences. Hence the diversity of the styles and themes of the works.

Podhale-Łapsze or Śląsk-Milówka. Taken from the Sociological Record series. © Zofia Rydet, 1978.

Podhale-Łapsze or Śląsk-Milówka. Taken from the Sociological Record series. © Zofia Rydet, 1978.

The uniqueness of the works presented by Collector’s Photography is proven by their growing popularity. A rising trend of auctioned prices is seen both for the classics and younger generation artists. The items purchased by the clients go to existing collections as well as to new ones.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a course for beginner collectors and a Collector’s Evening.

Photographers of the 15th edition of Collector’s Photography: Stefan Arczyński, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Zbigniew Dłubak, Bogdan Dziworski, Marek Gardulski, Teresa Gierzyńska, Edward Hartwig, Helena Hartwig, Henryk Hermanowicz, Karol Hiller, Ryszard Horowitz, Magda Hueckel, Marcin Jastrzębski, Krzysztof Kamiński, Maria Kietlińska, Jerzy Kosiński, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Paweł Kwiek, Andrzej Lachowicz, Jerzy Lewczyński, Natalia LL, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Chris Niedenthal, Marek Piasecki, Paweł Pierściński, Tadeusz Przypkowski, Józef Robakowski, Sławomir Rumiak, Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Bronisław Schlabs, Mikołaj Smoczyński, Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Tadeusz Wański, Ryszard Waśko, Antoni Wieczorek, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Stanisław J. Woś, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

Collector’s Photography No. 15
Mysia3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: November 7 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public between November 8 and 17, 2015. Auction: November 17 at 7:00 PM.

The 15th edition of Collector’s Photography is organised under contra doc! patronage.

Read more about the Collector’s Photography @ www.fotografiakolekcjonerska.pl (website in Polish language version only).

VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography

Endlessness of Long Roads. © Zofia Rydet, 1980

Endlessness of Long Roads. © Zofia Rydet, 1980

Landscape has been a source of endless inspirations in Polish photography, and has been, over the years, subject to a variety of interpretations by Polish artists. Some of them have been enraptured with the beauty of the surroundings, while others have focused on giving landscape a new dimension by re-creating it in their own imagination. Landscape has been explored by many notable Polish photographers  who will be presented during the unique 14th edition of the Fotografia Kolekcjonerska project entitled VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography.

The exhibition will open in Warsaw to be later moved to a venue of the International Festival of Photography Fotofestiwal in Lodz, where it will be rounded off with an auction of all the photographs, including a rare picture by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), who photographed surroundings of Gubałówka Mount in Zakopane in the early 20th century. The Tatras Mountains will also appear several times in pictures by Stefan Arczyński, Edward Hartwig, Henryk Poddębski, and Antoni Wieczorek.

Landscape. © Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), 1900-1902

Landscape. © Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), 1900-1902

The exhibition will guide viewers through different places and times. It will end with the works of the photographers who have been successful in recent years: Kacper Kowalski, Filip Springer, Rafał Milach, and Ilona Szwarc.

Untitled from the 7 Rooms series. © Rafał Milach, 2008/2014

Untitled from the 7 Rooms series. © Rafał Milach, 2008/2014

The works presented at the pre-auction exhibitions will be rare prints made by a variety of techniques. The show will give viewers a unique opportunity to see a rich body of works by Polish photographers.

Little Universe (Petit univers) from the Memories of Arles (Souvenirs d’Arles) series. © Grzegorz Przyborek, 1991

Little Universe (Petit univers) from the Memories of Arles (Souvenirs d’Arles) series. © Grzegorz Przyborek, 1991

Full list of featured artists: Ewa Andrzejewska, Stefan Arczyński, Zdzisław Beksiński, Janusz Buczkowski, Jan Bułhak, Michał Cała, Tadeusz Cyprian, Zbigniew Dłubak, Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, Jan Dziaczkowski, Marek Gardulski, Anna Grzelewska, Eugeniusz Haneman, Edward Hartwig, Magda Hueckel, Marcin Jastrzębski, Krzysztof Kamiński, Jerzy Kosiński, Kacper Kowalski, Andrzej Kramarz (cd! #4), Andrzej Lachowicz, Kobas Laksa, Jerzy Lewczyński, Jerzy Łapiński, Bogdan Łopieński, Rafał Milach (doc! #19), Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Fortunata Obrąpalska, Paweł Pierściński, Wojciech Plewiński, Henryk Poddębski, Bart Pogoda, Grzegorz Przyborek (cd! #2), Tadeusz Rydet, Zofia Rydet, Zygmunt Rytka, Mateusz Sarełło (doc! #2 & #18), Bronisław Schlabs, Tomek Sikora, Filip Springer, Ilona Szwarc (doc! #7), Tadeusz Wański, Jerzy Wardak, Antoni Wieczorek, Wojtek Wieteska (doc! #17), Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Stanisław J. Woś, Wiesław Mariusz Zieliński, Ireneusz Zjeżdżałka, and Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

The exhibitions are supported by a detailed bilingual (Polish and English) catalogue with artist bios, photo descriptions, and reproductions of all the works.

VIEWS. Landscape in Polish Photography
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Exhibition opening: May 6 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open until May 12, 2015.

Art_Inkubator (3 Tymieniecki St., Lodz, Poland). Exhibition: May 28 – June 7, 2015. Auction: May 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

More info @ www.fotografiakolekcjonerska.pl and www.artinfo.pl (sites in Polish language version only)