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Adam Lach

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The book Stigma by Adam Lach (doc! #18) tells the story of a 60-person family of Romanian Romas living in an encampment in Wroclaw. It’s not another book of colourful legends about gypsies – there are no caravans, no campfires, no dancing and singing, but rather people with remarkable stories to tell. This group of nomads, depended on never-ending looking for a better world, unawarely influenced by the mass culture, struggles with the same worries as every modern man.

“It’s easy to fight for the rights of people who scream loud. It’s harder to see the ones that aren’t demonstrating. By narrowing the photographed places only to Psie Pole – a part of the district of Wroclaw occupied by Roma slums – I’m removing the possibility to observe the Romas doing what’s commonly seen as their every-day reality – beggary and theft. With the family, separated from the rest of the society, they appear as completely different people – opposite to their stereotyped image. Among the citizens of Wroclaw Romas are seen as beggars, thieves and swindlers that cause repeated acts of aggression. Any operation of the city authorities meant to solve the problem of the Roma people, leads to intimidation and attempts to evict them. Above all Stigma is the tale of family relationships and emotions and people who, in spite of everything, seem to be happy and calm. It’s also an attempt to analyse the shape of a present-day family emerging at the borderland of tradition and modernity” – says Adam Lach.

The form of the book creates a compliment to the text – it’s thick, irregular and often uncomfortable for the viewer. The narration of the story adopts characteristics of film, surprising the viewer with a culmination of emotions that are juxtaposed calmness. “That’s their world – disorganised and random – completely different from our regular modern reality” – the authors point out.


  • Stefan Batory Foundation’s Beata Pawlak Literary Award (2014)
  • 2014 International Photography Awards (1st prize winner in the Self Published Professional Category)
  • The Best Photobooks of 2014 by Photonews Germany
  • The Best Photobooks of 2014 by Hannes Wanderer
  • The Best Photobooks of 2014 by Sturm & Drang
  • 2014 Picture of the Year International (Award of Excellence in Issue Reporting Picture Story category)
  • Finalist of the 2014 Lodz Grand Prix Fotofestiwal


Photographer: Adam Lach

Interviews: Katarzyna Dybowska
Cover: hard
Dimensions: 214 x 171 mm
Number of pages: 108
Number of photographs: 49 (colour)
Language version: English / Polish
Year published: 2014
Publisher: Adam Lach
ISBN: 978-83-939574-0-8 (EN) / 978-83-939574-2-2 (PL)

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About Adam Lach

Adam Lach (b. 1983) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | graduated with honours from the Academy of Photography WSF AFA in Wroclaw | cofounder of Napo Images and vice-chairman of Napo Foundation | contributor of Newsweek Poland (2006-2013) | his works have been published by, among others, The New York Times, Le Monde, L'espresso, Die Zeit, International Herald Tribune, Solid Ground, Newsweek, Le'Magazine, Svenska Dagebladet, Polityka, Przekroj, and Wprost | winner of numerous press photo contests | his photographs have been shown in prestigious international exhibitions, including Polka Galerie/HSBC Gallery in Paris, the Prague Art Biennale, World Photojournalism Festival in Beijing | lecturer at the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Journalism (2010-2012).

See Adam's photos in doc! photo magazine #18

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