“What you see, is who you are” says Szymon Brodziak, the first Polish and the youngest photographer ever invited to cooperate with the prestigious Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. Szymon photographs mainly women, presenting their beauty, power, elegance and emotions. Although women in his black-and-white pictures, act in different poses and roles: a doll hanging in a dress on the door, a woman-lamp in a living room or a mannequin transported to the warehouse, they are always presented in uncommon shots characterised by original play of lights. Szymon’s photographs not only provoke. They surprise with their ingenuity and visual dramaturgy that force the viewer to watch every element of the picture with great interest.
Szymon Brodziak’s Wroclaw exhibition is a kind of a summary of his 10-year-long work as a professional photographer.
Szymon Brodziak (b. 1979) | based in Poznan (Poland) | an economist by profession, a photographer by passion | left the family business to assist in fashion photography sessions and image campaigns | winner of many awards, including three gold medals at the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2012 | prized with the Johnnie Walker Keep Walking Award for continuous actualisation of their dreams and passion for setting new paths in search of beauty | recognised as the world’s best photographer of black-and-white advertising campaigns (2013 Fashion TV Photography Awards) | published a book Brodziak One (2014) | leads his own photo gallery in Poznan (since 2014) | his work can be seen at the Newton. Horvat. Brodziak exhibition at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.
Szymon Brodziak – Artist Proofs by Szymon Brodziak
Domar Indoor Gallery (14 Braniborska St., Wroclaw, Poland). The exhibition is open to the public until November 8, 2015.
The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.
Katowice Railway Station was constructed in 1972. Raw, concrete constructions were at the time a symbol of modernity and prosperity of Polish People’s Republic. Only a decade later neglected building began to fall into ruins and started to live its own life: it was still a place where people get on and off the train but on the other hand it became an area of uncommon passengers who didn’t have any tickets and never got on any train.
Hanging around with an old-fashioned Graflex camera, Michał Łuczak unintentionally became one of those who were not travelling from A to B. The people started asking him questions. Mostly they were asking for money to get a drink or food but sometimes also to be photographed. As he says, they were the ones who created in there some kind of a parallel world which existed on the sidelines of normal life.
The station was destroyed at the beginning of 2011, replaced by a modern glass-and-steel shopping mall with a space for train passengers. The last significant example of brutalist architecture in Poland disappeared. As the people Łuczak met.
Exhibition theme is related to work with the archives. It aims to recreate the picture of the place which does not exist in the real world anymore. The Łuczak’s photographs work as a ‘proof of existence’ for particular places and characters.
Michał Łuczak (b. 1983) | based in Katowice (Poland) | a documentary photographer concentrating on close-by, intimate and often seemingly trivial stories | graduated in Photography from the Opava School of Photography (the Czech Republic) and in Iberian Studies from the University of Silesia (Poland) | a co-founder of the Culture of Image Foundation presenting documentary photography in Silesia (2010) | a member of the Sputnik Photos collective | his photographs has been exhibited internationally, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, the UK and the USA.
Michał Łuczak – Brutal Retrospective
Doomed Gallery (65/67 Ridley Road, London – Dalston, United Kingdom). Private view: November 5 between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from November 6 until November 8, 2015.
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
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.
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).
“Old Caucasian legend says that when God was dividing the world among nations, one of them was late. Annoyed God asked the nation for the reason of being late and they explained that the reason was a feast in honour of the beauty of the world he had created. Enjoying the feast, they lost track of time. God was so pleased that he gave them the most beautiful piece of the world, only worse than the one he left for himself. It is a very popular story cited by many journalists, writing on the Caucasus. But I have heard it many times also from the mouth of Abkhazians, Chechens, Armenians and once I saw it even written on the menu at an Azeri restaurant.”
“Ethnic conflicts and tensions of the 1990s were the direct result of the “divide and rule” policy of the Soviet Union. When it collapsed, the new borders were established on political basis and the ethnic territories were not taken under consideration. So the ethnic conflicts were the result, not the reason of political scrambles who in that chaotic times had the right to fight for the sovereignty of the motherland. Each of the parties to the conflict creates a historical narrative in the way that can help them to strengthen their territorial claims. History is not a linear. I witnessed how historically important events were completely erased from the timeline if they just did not fit into the current state policy, or they did not define good or bad historical characters clearly enough.”
“I travelled around this part of the world, experiencing momentous events of the decade, from the revolutions that brought hope and change to some but unhappiness to others, up to the perversion of war that knocked on my door. Life is an extreme journey here during which even a simple taxi drive can turn out to be Alice’s journey into the rabbit’s hole. My aim was to understand fully how the local people had managed to survive the unrest of the last twenty years. My searching has not been finished yet in any case as the Caucasus is a phenomenon you explore for whole life. “Woman with a Monkey” is a tribute to the site which not only has become my second homeland, but which I am determined to finally understand.
As my life partner, Paul Rimple, had accompanied me on the journey, I asked him to enrich my narration with his own stories.”
by Justyna Mielnikiewicz
Justyna Mielnikiewicz – Woman with a Monkey – Caucasus in Short Stories and Photographs
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: October 23 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 24 until November 29, 2015.
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
It is the sixth time the FotoArtFestival will fill the interiors of Bielsko-Biała’s galleries and museums with its exhibitions and events. Within two weeks of October (16-30), the festival guests will see fifteen big exhibitions of world-famous photographers; the exhibition guaranteeing typical of this festival thematic multiplicity and cultural diversity (see the festival programme below for more details).
As always, the exhibitions presented in Bielsko-Biała are characterised by diversity which can absorb these who are interested in documentary or press photography, and those who are more interested in original, art photography as well as in photography resulted from modern digital processing.
„We are proud we managed to bring to Poland such famous artists like Franco Zecchin, David Burdeny, Ernesto Bazan, Zed Nelson, Rafael Navarro and Ruud Van Empel. A very interesting person is Aaron Huey, known for his collaboration with National Geographic, fight for the rights of Indians as well as for his lonely hiking all over the United States,” – says Inez Baturo, Art Director of the festival, about the invited artists.
The festival is accompanied by two additional exhibitions: FotoOpen (being a result of a competition for photographers and giving approx. 100 participants an opportunity to introduce themselves in professional conditions) and Digigraphie by Epson, presenting 18 works by well known Polish photographers printed in the best, collector’s print quality.
As in previous editions, the exhibitions will be accompanied by meetings with the invited artists. During the traditional Authors’ Marathon (October 17-18), which is an distinctive event for the festival, the artists will tell about their work, give lectures, present slide shows connected with photography, and take part in discussions.
What is more, the organisers have prepared workshops for these interested in photography and those who take pictures themselves.
|October 16-30||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM||Ernesto Bazan – Cuba @ BWA|
|David Burdeny – A Decade with the Landscape @ BBM|
|Petrut Calinescu – Black See Stories @ SG|
|Enri Canaj – Shadows over Greece @ RCC|
|Ruud van Empel – World @ BWA|
|Andreas Horvath – Superpowers Hinterlands @ SG|
|Aaron Huey – Pine Ridge @ SG|
|Maciek Nabrdalik (doc! #15) – Faith @ APVA|
|Rafael Navarro – Body Forms @ OF|
|Zed Nelson (doc! #17) – Love Me @ BBPG|
|Irina Popova – Another Family @ SG|
|Chris Rain – Photography @ APVA|
|Martin Wagner – East of Eden @ SG|
|Franco Zecchin – Silesia @ OF|
|October 16-30||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM||Digigraphie by Epson @ ATHG (group exhibition)|
|FotoOpen @ WKHC (group exhibition)|
|FotoOpen @ BL (group exhibition)|
|Authors’ Marathon @ BBSA|
|October 17||10:00 AM||Ernesto Bazan|
|11:00 AM||David Burdeny|
|12:00 PM||Petrut Calinescu|
|1:00 PM||Enri Canaj|
|3:00 PM||Ruud van Empel|
|4:00 PM||Andreas Horvath & Monika Moskała (screening of the Views of a Retired Night Porter film)|
|5:00 PM||Aaron Huey|
|6:00 PM||Maciek Nabrdalik|
|October 18||10:00 AM||Rafael Navarro|
|11:00 AM||Zed Nelson|
|12:00 PM||Irina Popova|
|2:00 PM||Chris Rain|
|3:00 PM||Klavdij Sluban|
|4:00 PM||Martin Wagner|
|5:00 PM||Franco Zecchin (presentation: Obligation to Document (Sicily and the Mafia in 1975-1993))|
|6:00 PM||DEBUTS (edition 2015)|
|Special events & workshops|
|October 16||5:00 PM||6th FotoArtFestival Opening Gala @ PT (by invitation)|
|October 21 and 28||3:00 PM – 6:00 PM||Epson workshops @ NOT|
|October 22||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM||Canon & FotoPlus workshops @ WKHC|
|October 23||7:00 PM||Andreas Horvath & Monika Moskała – Arab Attraction @ PIG (film screening)|
Photographers presented at the FotoOpen exhibition: Barbara Adamek, Olga Baczak, Danuta Baron, Astrid Bartl (doc! #21), Dalibor Bednar, Filipe Bianchi, Bartosz Brzeziński, Anna Czarnocka-Kanik, Aleksandra Cebo, Teresa Cimała, Kalina Ciszewska, Chiya, Andrzej Chodorowski, Danny Croucher, Agata Curyło, Victor Dia, Jakub Dobek, Maja Dokudowicz, Tomasz Donocik, Yana Feldman, Victor Freney, Katarzyna Gasińska (DEBUTS 2015), Katarzyna Gec, Marcelina Grylowska, Agnieszka Grymowicz, Małgorzata Gwiazdonik, Michał Gwiazdonik, Daria Ilow, Anna Jarosz, Kamil Kak, Maciej Kanik, Gabriela Kapturkiewicz, Szymon Karpiński, Iwona Karwot, Joanna Kawoń, Rafał Kaźmierczak, Paweł Klarecki, Łukasz Kłapyta, Derek Knight, Grzegorz Kobiela, Angelika Kosińska, Dariusz Kosiński, Piotr Kowalski, Halina Krawczyk, Agnieszka Krzywdzińska, Katarzyna Kubik, Anna Kucharska, Paweł Kufel, Anita Kulon, Magdalena Kurzawa, Karl Larsson, Renata Laszczak, Joanna Leśniewska, Anita Lipiec, Grzegorz Łaba, Marcin Łukaszewicz, Monika Maciasz, Iwona Makuch, Bożena Małysiak, Cecylia Markiewicz, Bernadetta Matuła, Rafał Michalak, Witold Mikulski, Joanna Mrówka, Anna Nawrat, Karolina Nikiel, Jakub Ochnio, Aneta Olas, Klaudia Osierda, Michał Pałczak, Agnieszka Panek, Jan Pawelski, Alicja Pietras, Beata Podwysocka, Agnieszka Preiniger, Tomasz Przybylski, Damian Rafacz, Mirosław Rak, Felix Romanos, Patrycja Rusin, Ryszard Ruszkiewicz, Saille, Wojciech Skórka, Dominika Sobczyk, Witold Stachnik, Anastazja Stein, Karolina Stoces, Alicja Stoecker, Sebastian Stokłosa, Krzysztof Strzoda, Alicja Świerczyńska, Francis Tilborghs, Tomasz Trześniowski, Kamila Turek, Emil Wittstock, Janusz Wojcieszak, Sabina Wyskiel and Monika Zając.
Photographers featured in the DEBUTS (edition 2015) slide show: Dariusz Bareya, Marta Berens, Paweł Biedrzycki, Alicja Bloch, Paweł Bogumił, Tomasz Böhm, Kinga Brocka, Michał Czech, Katarzyna Dybowska, Katarzyna Gasińska, Mateusz Grybczyński, Mateusz Grymek, Klaudyna Hady, Nadia Issa, Weronika Izdebska, Jadwiga Janowska, Adrian Jaszczak, Mateusz Jaźwiecki, Klaudia Kaczmarczyk, Tomasz Kajszczarek, Arkadiusz Kikulski, Dominika Komowska, Antonina Konopelska, Yulia Krivich, Monika Krzyszkowska, Wiktor Kubiak, Piotr Kutolowski, Mateusz Leźnicki, Paulina Maciejewska, Katarzyna Maluga, Katarzyna Mazur, Marcin Minasowicz, Marcin Mirosławski, Kuba Mozolewski, Maria Nowakowska, Konstancja Nowina Konopka, Karolina Nowosielska, Anna Osetek, Karol Pantelewicz, Justyna Płaczkiewicz, Marta Pociecha, Kaja Rata, Małgorzata Sajur, Jakub Stanek, Maciej Świstek, Magdalena Świtek, Natalia Szemis, Marta Szewczyk, Paweł Tkaczyk, Magdalena Toborowicz-Kuranda, Weronika Tyrpa, Łukasz Ułanowski, Marcin Urbanowicz, Paweł Wieczorek and Dawid Żuchowicz.
|APVA||– Gallery of the Association of Polish Visual Artists (27 Rynek Sq., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|ATHG||– ATH Academic Gallery (2 Willowa St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|BBM||– Bielsko-Biała Museum – The Sulkowskich Castle (16 Wzgórze St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|BBPG||– B&B Photo Gallery (12 1 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|BBSA||– Bielsko-Biała School of Administration (12 Modrzewskiego St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|BL||– Beskidy Library (17a Słowackiego St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|BWA||– BWA Bielsko Gallery (11 3 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|NOT||– NOT (10 3 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|OF||– Old Factory (8 Żwirki i Wigury St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|PIG||– Pauza in Garden (Małopolska Garden of Art, 12 Rajska St., Cracow, Poland)|
|PT||– Polish Theatre (1 1 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|RCC||– Regional Centre of Culture (8 1 Maja St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|SG||– Sfera 1 Gallery (5 Mostowa St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
|WKHC||– W. Kubisz House of Culture (17 Słowackiego St., Bielsko-Biała, Poland)|
October 16-30, 2015
The 6th FotoArtFestival is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
More info @ www.fotoartfestival.com
The exhibition is pivoted on a fusion of poetry and photography. First, Grzegorz Wróblewski wrote his poem Blue Pueblo in 2013. Then, inspired by it, Wojciech Wilczyk took a series of photographs of Amager, the district of Copenhagen where the poet lives. The poem and a series of black-and-white photographs, displayed on the wall side by side, all combine into the project Blue Pueblo.
In Wróblewski’s work, the streets of Amager bear silent witness to a human drama. The poem records the experiences of a man who uses hard drugs to numb the suffering of parting with his beloved. He finds no solace in psychology or religion. Solitude brings palpable pain. Graphic descriptions of physiological functions are interspersed with references to literature, art and music; the sensual blends with the spiritual. In the final analysis, nature is the only way out: „To go towards the forest and the river. To look for people there. To look for a star. Until the definitive journey begins.“
The photographs express the emotions of the poem. The black-and-white shots of the deserted metropolis expose the indifference of the city towards a suffering individual and provide a visualisation of the state of mind, a piercing void after losing a loved one. Symmetrical frames and repetitive architectural motifs together with the play of shadows on the facades of buildings make the urban landscape appear unfriendly. Death, scrawled on one of the buildings, further intensifies the sense of threat, pointing to the precarious balancing between life and death.
Wojciech Wilczyk & Grzegorz Wróblewski – Poetry and Photography – The Blue Pueblo Project
Alfa Gallery @ MOCAK (4 Lipowa St., Cracow, Poland). Grand opening: October 15 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 16, 2015 until January 17, 2016.
The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.
In the 1980s, Krzysztof Gierałtowski’s exhibition showing portraits of Poles travelled throughout Europe with stops in the museums of Milan, Munich, Baden-Baden, Oslo, Iyvaskyla to reach its final destination – the Royal Castle in Warsaw in 1988. As part of this tour, it was also presented in the Dutch Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem and Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem. It was 1984.
When the Passage Oost-Europa Culture Festival was organised in Arnhem in 1990, the director of the museum – Liesbeth Brandt Corstius – asked Gierałtowski to portray the festival’s participants: painters, actresses, directors, composers, conductors, jazzmen, historians, writers, sculptors, architects and the festival’s staff coming from Russia, GDR, Poland and the Netherlands. The portraits were successively presented in the festival centre at Schouwburg Auditorium. 25 years later, thanks to Ney Gallery&Prints, this exhibitions returns with its first public presentation in Poland.
“In Poland, there are no such festivals. They lost with Coca-Cola and beer events and therefore this remake serves as a remembrance of that great idea. Today, under the wild capitalism of Polish reality, portraits of Poles seem to be unnecessary, with the exception of celebrities that I am not interested in. That is why the memory of what really we are is becoming weaker and weaker“ – says Krzysztof Gierałtowski.
Krzysztof Gierałtowski (b. 1938) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers ZPAF and Society of Authors ZAiKS | fellowship from the Polish and Dutch Ministries of Culture, the governments of France and the USA as well as Fondation pour une Entraide Intellectuelle Européenne | his works are part of many private and public collections, including MoMA in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bibliothéque Nationale de France, The Royal Library in Copenhagen, Museum of the History of Photography in Cracow, among others.
Krzysztof Gierałtowski – Remake
Ney Gallery&Prints (5 Spokojna St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: October 12 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until November 11, 2015.
The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.
“When I saw a wheelchair rugby match for the first time in my life, I was as if hypnotised,” – says Jakub Sagan. – “Thinking with admiration of sportsmen breaking their physical boundaries, we usually refer to the non-disable ones. Is there anything we can compare with our admiration for disabled athletes, who must overcome much, much greater difficulties? Can be there anything more inspiring and motivating?”
Rules of the wheelchair rugby were first introduced in Canada in the late 1970s. Initially this sport was called a murderball. It started to become more and more popular in the 1980s when it was given its current name.
The exhibition, that will accompany the 5th edition of the international wheelchair rugby tournament Mazovia Cup, will present several dozens of black and white photographs taken during the matches and training sessions of wheelchair rugby players.
Jakub Sagan (b. 1966) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | creates mainly B&W works on humanistic topics as well as landscape photographs | cooperates with the Press Office of the Polish Air Force Command (since 2010) | author of photographic projects for Polish Radio Orchestra, TVP Historia, Children’s Memorial Health Institute and Sluzewiec Horse Racetrack, among others | founding member of the Polish Photographic Association Ekwiwalenty.
Jakub Sagan – Murderball
Art Gallery Ratusz (41 Pilsudski St., Legionowo, Poland). Grand opening: October 12 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until October 22, 2015.
The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.
The fourth edition of very popular meetings on photography – We Are All Photographers – starts this Thursday. This time, invited speakers will try to find out a connection between photography and film as well as between photography, fashion and culture. They will also consider if blurred image may be a good picture, how to start and finish a long term project, what artists find in photo archives and what the current position of photography in the Polish press is.
- Photography and film, or a documentary marriage
Piotr Małecki (doc! #18) -> October 8 at 7:00 PM
- The praise of error, or in search of the lost aura of photography
Zbigniew Tomaszczuk -> October 21 at 7:00 PM
- Intuitive research or consistent strategy, or how to work on a long term project
Agnieszka and Maciek Nabrdalik (doc! #15) -> November 5 at 7:00 PM
- What fashion images want from us, or how the pictures of dressed people describe the culture
Karolina Sulej -> November 19 at 7:00 PM
- Atlas as an artistic gesture, or how to overcome archive
Krzysztof Pijarski -> December 3 at 7:00 PM
- The evolution or crisis, or what has happened with photography in the Polish press
Marek Knap -> December 17 at 7:00 PM
As in the previous editions, all meetings take place in barStudio (Parade Sq., Warsaw, Poland) and they are free of charge!
More info @ wszyscyjestesmyfotografami.blogspot.com (website in Polish language version only)
We Are All Photographers vol. 4 is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.