Marian Schmidt @ History Meeting House

God's Body. Łowicz (Poland), June 1976

God’s Body.
Łowicz (Poland), June 1976

“When I am taking pictures, I am out of everyday reality that is around me, and I get into a different dimension, into other reality,” – says Marian Schmidt, the author of over 100 photographs, that will be exhibited soon at the Warsaw’s History Meeting House. The photos were taken during numerous trips of Marian Schmidt throughout Poland in the 1970s. There will also be presented a dozen or so contemporary photos from Poland as well as sublime, timeless pictures from the artist’s family archive.

The black and white photographs evoke the PPR climate and they present the changes that have taken place in Poland in recent decades. However, they are not common documentary photos; the author, recording that reality, simultaneously creates creates his own story about the life and condition of man. Painting-like photographs induce different emotions in viewers: joy, sadness, amazement and melancholy.

Farmers' children play near the former German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. In this largest centre of the Holocaust, more than one million men, women and children died, most of them Jews. Today, there is a memorial site and a museum. Brzezinka (Poland), 1977

Farmers’ children play near the former German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. In this largest centre of the Holocaust, more than one million men, women and children died, most of them Jews. Today, there is a memorial site and a museum.
Brzezinka (Poland), 1977

 

“I’m trying to catch the moment in which something happens in the man’s interior, looking for emotions and then I press the shutter button,” - Schmidt continues. – “That state I call as an ‘intensive moment.’ I feel the relationships between elements of the picture, the model and his surrounding. I avoid chaos in the pictures because I want my photos to be painting-like.”

Miner after work. Siersza Coal Mine. Trzebinia (Poland), 1977

Miner after work. Siersza Coal Mine.
Trzebinia (Poland), 1977

Still in the 1970s, Warsaw was, in a sense, a closed city. In order to get a job in the capital it was necessary to be a permanent inhibitor and it took years to get an apartment. After several years of waiting and paying the so-called contribution, you could get an allocation for a flat in basic state. Warsaw-Bródno (Poland), 1976

Still in the 1970s, Warsaw was, in a sense, a closed city. In order to get a job in the capital it was necessary to be a permanent inhibitor and it took years to get an apartment. After several years of waiting and paying the so-called contribution, you could get an allocation for a flat in basic state.
Warsaw-Bródno (Poland), 1976

The photographer has had over 60 prestigious exhibitions like those in Cracow, Gdańsk, London, New York City, Paris, Poznań, Szczecin, Tokyo, Zurich, Warsaw as well as in his home-town Żyrardów, among others. His pictures belong to collections of the Paris based Kodak-Pathé company, National Library of France in Paris, Museum of Photography in Charleroi (Belgium), Museum Folkwang in Essen (Germany), National Museum in Gdańsk (Poland) and numerous private collections.

Marian Schmidt (b.1945) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | received his Ph.D. of mathematic at the Brandeis University (USA) and of photography at the Łódź Film School (Poland) | his photos from communistic Poland got him to two prestigious photographic agencies – the Black Star in New York City and Rapho in Paris | founder, director and lecturer of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design | author of such albums, like Hommes de Science: 28 Portraits (Éditions Hermann, 1990), Marian Schmidt (Éditions Cercle d’Art, 1994) and Unusual Conversations with Rev. Jan Twardowski (Prószyński i S-ka, 2000), among others.

Marian Schmidt – INSIDE POLAND. MARIAN SCHMIDT. PHOTOGRAPHS
@ History Meeting House (20 Karowa St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: April 21 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be pen to the public until June 18, 2017

The Marian Schmidt exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Open-air photo workshops in Vilnius

© Marian Schmidt

© Marian Schmidt

Open-air photographic workshops are a very important part of teaching photography. They offer ability to use theoretical knowledge in practice under the supervision of experienced tutors. The more you should consider invitation of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design which organises a 4-day-long outdoor photo workshop in Vilnius (June 3-7, 2015).

Still not sure? The workshops will be led by exceptional instructors: Anita Andrzejewska (cd! #1), Damian Chrobak (doc! #13 & #19), and Marian Schmidt (director of the school).

Price: PLN 1,200 or PLN 900 (for the school’s students and graduates). The fee includes participation in the workshops, substantive meetings, hostel accommodation in dormitories and bus ride on the Warsaw – Vilnius – Warsaw route.

Registration: until April 30 at the school office or via online form, which can be found @ www.wsfoto.art.pl/plenery (website in Polish language version only).

Attention: number of seats is limited!