Dominik Tarabański @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Taken from the Roses for Mother series
© Dominik Tarabański
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The new project by Dominik Tarabański Roses for Mother consists of large-format photographs reflecting sensual compositions located somewhere between art installation and the world of nature. The artist dedicates his latest series of photographs to his mother. “I would love to show my mum all the capitols of the world and more. Until I am able to do this, I will continue to share with her my postcards and these images of flowers I collect along the way,” – he says about his new project.

Dominik Tarabański is a well-known fashion photographer. He participated in many exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His works have been published in many art, fashion and photography magazines around the world and can be found in private collections in Poland, Great Britain, France, and in the USA. 

Taken from the Roses for Mother series
© Dominik Tarabański
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

When talking about working on his new project, Tarabański says: “I collect the sticks and flowers, arrange them patiently and in silence. The sticks snap, the flowers bend and die, rubber bands break, tape fails to hold the composition, things fall apart even before I manage to take a picture.”

The nostalgia, memories from childhood, a little faded and unreal afterimages of scenes from the family home – all of them are clearly perceptible in these pictures. It is a world that no longer exists but is strongly present in his memories.  The key figure of these memories is the mother whom – as he says – he owes a lot: “We are  6,000 miles away from each other. What connects us is our shared optimism and the postcards I send her while I travel. She can’t join me, although I would love to take her everywhere with me. It is she who taught me how to be curious and look for the beauty and the positive in all. A part of her continues to push me forward, and, in return, I send her fragments of what I see.”

Taken from the Roses for Mother series
© Dominik Tarabański
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Dominik Tarabański (b. 1982) | based in New York City (NY, USA) | graduated from the Łódź Film School’s Cinematography Faculty | got inspirations from opposites and contrasts | creates very personal works characterised by unique use of colour, tone and composition | his works have been shown in more than 30 galleries across the world | has contributed to art projects organised by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pratt Institute | finalist of the prestigious Galerie Open Huit Salon in Arles (France) | winner of several photography contests, including Sony World Photography Awards and Adobe Design Achievements Awards, among others | his works are part of private art collections in France, Poland, the United Kingdom and in the USA.

Dominik Tarabański – ROSES FOR MOTHER
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 14 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 15, 2018 and February 2, 2019

Accompanying events:

  • Artist-led exhibition tour: December 15 at 4.00 
  • Artist’s talk: January 17, 2019 at 6.00 PM (moderated by Marek Szyryk)
  • Artist-led exhibition tour: February 2, 2019 at 4.00 PM

The Dominik Tarabański exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Jacob Aue Sobol @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The Jacob Aue Sobol exhibition With and Without You is a m mid-career retrospective spanning projects done in Siberia, Guatemala, Greenland, Tokyo, Thailand, America, and his hometown – Copenhagen. The exhibition is a comprehensive showcase of Aue Sobol’s unique, visceral brand of black-and-white photography.

Jacob Aue Sobol records bracingly intimate encounters with people: from his then-girlfriend Sabine in East Greenland to passersby in the alleyways of Shibuya. With and Without You mixes this personal documentary work with virtuosic street photography and is connected with his book of the same title published in 2016. These are pictures not to be thought about, but felt.

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The Warsaw exhibition of Jacob Aue Sobol is also a celebration of his 42nd birthday. It will be also his last show in Poland. Aue Sobol announced his farewell to photography in July this year working now as a fisherman on a remote Danish island. “This is my way to close an old chapter of my life, and start a new one,” – says Aue Sobol. – “It was never about photography.” 

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Jacob Aue Sobol  (b. 1976) | based in Copenhagen (Denmark) |  photographer and member of Magnum Photos | his photographs have been published and exhibited internationally | studied at the European Film College and the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography | author of the widely acclaimed books, including Sabine (self-published, 2004), I, Tokyo (Arles: Actes Sud, Saint-Junien: Apeiron, Stockport: Dewi Lewis, Berlin: Braus, Barcelona: Lunwerg, Roma: Peliti & Amsterdam: Mets & Schilt, 2008), By the River of Kings (Tokyo: Super Labo, 2016) and With and Without You (Tokyo: Super Labo, 2016), among others | prized with Leica European Publishers Award (2009), Fogtdals Foto Award (2007), World Press Photo (2005) and shortlisted to the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2005) and the Paul Huf Award (2008), among others. 

Jacob Aue Sobol – WITH AND WITHOUT YOU

@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: September 28 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 29 and November 25, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Artist’s talk with Jacob Aue Sobol: September 29 at 2.00 PM
  • Artist’s talk with Damian Chrobak (doc! #13): October 25 at 6.00 PM
  • Artist’s talk with Piotr Zbierski (cd! #5 & doc! #8): November 22 at 6.00 PM

The Jacob Aue Sobol exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Alicja Biała @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Although the full summer, the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw invites you to a new exhibition. This time, Alicja Biała will present her works from the Poland project, which is an extensive presentation of photo collages from the Polish Cut-Outsseries.

The works of Alicja Biała from the Poland series consist of symbols, motifs and emblems that construct the collective identity of Poles. The artist uses photos she finds on the Internet, family archives, press clippings as well as her photos taken for the project.

You live in the Matrix © Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

You live in the Matrix
© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The image of Poland in these Biała’s photo collages does not look very optimistic: “Cut up and glued just anyhow, on the hangover, chaotically rattled off. And it is not known how come it is still held together,”– says the artist.

Alicja Biała’s Polish Cut-Outs photo collages were created as a visual material for  Marcin Świetlicki’s poems Poland (A Set of Patriotic Songs)and finally turned into a performative action Poland Without Offense, referring to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. Referring to the tradition of peregrination, selected works are travelling across the country, causing talks about contemporary Poland and Poles.

© Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

© Alicja Biała
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The exhibition at the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw will present the originals of photo collages from and outside the book as well as new works that have been created recently. The exhibition will also include the works wandering around the country. Their long journey and numerous adventures will be presented through a site-specific installation prepared especially for the exhibition.

Alicja Biała – based in London (United Kingom) | illustrator, graphic designer and visual artist | graduated from Via University College and The Copenhagen School of Design and Technology in Denmark | student of The Royal College of Art in London | her work has been awarded and exhibited internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications | author of illustrations to the poems by Marcin Świetlicki, published in the book Poland (A Set of Patriotic Songs) (Lusowo: Wydawnictwo Wolno, 2018).

 

Alicja Biała – POLAND
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: July 26 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between July 27 and September 22, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Alicja Biała – Marcin Świetlicki Meeting on July 27 at 6.00 PM
  • Artist’s talk on September 13 at 6.00 PM

The Alicja Biała exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Bogdan Konopka @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Bogdan Konopka_02

© Bogdan Konopka

Over ten years ago, a premiere of Bogdan Konopka’s exhibition took place at Centre Pompidou in Paris (France). Back then, the group of photographs was shown under the title Paris, Unvisible City(Paris La Ville Invisible). Today we can discover new stories of the similar kind, registered with the same tool – 8×10 camera. The photographs tell stories about Paris, Nice, Arles and Verzy forest. They are narratives of places, spaces and objects. Their leitmotif is love for light and deep understanding of fragility of photography as a medium.

‘Each photograph by Bogdan Konopka is like a tale on light. It is produced using the contact method – from the negative put directly on the paper,’– says Mateusz Palka, author of an essay about Bogdan Konopka’s work. – ‘In order to well-perceive these small pictures, one needs to get as close as possible. In a result the viewer immerse him or herself in them, like in narrow, dark tunnels in which you can see little, or rather only what is important. They are like photo-fragments, time gaps that we are falling into.’

© Bogdan Konopka_01

© Bogdan Konopka

© Bogdan Konopka_04

© Bogdan Konopka

The exhibition title, Lessons of Darkness(Leçons de Ténèbres), is inspired by music composition by François Couperin, which traditionally is a part of celebrations of Dark Matis, an event before Easter. This specific music set the time of print development for Konopka. It is also a metaphor of working in darkroom. For the artist, it is a ritual – the moment during which ‘the picture is born.’

Darkness is an inseparable companion of light: ‘In fact, photography in its elementary sense does not mean operating with light, but shadow; the shadow, which defines light. There is one more shadow that complements photography: the shadow of its author and their time. The photographer directs images from darkness into light. And it is there that we learn whether images in “Lessons on Darkness” may become works of art. Sometimes it happens so…’– says Bogdan Konopka.

A photo album of the same title, containing black and white photographs by Bogdan Konopka and essays by Adam Mazur and Tomasz Palka, accompanies the exhibition.

© Bogdan Konopka_03

© Bogdan Konopka

Bogdan Konopka(b. 1953) | based in Paris (France) | started to photograph in the 1970s | prefers working with silver photography, mostly large-format | specialises in photographing urban tissue and landscapes| one of the creators of the ‘elementary photography’ trend (1982-1985) founded at the Foto-Medium-Art Gallery in Wrocław (Poland) | his works can be found in collections of many museums, including Centre Pompidou, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (both in Paris, France), Musée de L’Elysée in Lausanne (Switzerland), Museum of Art in Łódź (Poland), and the National Museum in Wroclaw (Poland), among others | nominated for the Niépce Award (1994 and 1995) | laureate of the Grand Prix de la Ville de Vevey (1998) | awarded the Gloria Artis Bronze Medal of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2017) | has been featured in many prestigious magazines, including contra doc! (cd! #3) | represented by Françoise Paviot Gallery.

 

Bogdan Konopka – LEÇONS DE TÉNÈBRES
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw ( 3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: June 8 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between June 9 and July 22, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Artist’s talk on June 9 at 6.00 PM
  • Guided tour on June 30 at 6.00 PM

The Bogdan Konopka exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine media patronage.

Tomasz Wysocki @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #4 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #4
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The newest photography project by Tomasz Wysocki, young and very promising artist, asks some serious existential questions. He creates a subjective vision of consecutive phases of our lives. Birth, growing up, maturity, and old age are captured through the allegorical, full of hidden senses, and meticulously composed photographs. Imagined situations are taking place beyond the time and space. In a result, the maximum effect is built upon the form and hidden anecdote. The precision of the details is astonishing. The overall impression is amplified by the images large-scale format. Last but not least: the anxiety, characteristic for the previous works is still present in The Taste of Cherry series (doc! #43).

On the one hand, The Taste of Cherry could be a continuation of artist’s previous searches. On the other, it opens up new investigations such as conscious and sensitive usage of the light and shadow. The light becomes next character of Wysocki’s images, almost like in expressive Caravaggio’s paintings. The atmosphere of the photographs is serious, almost dark. About the work with models the artist says: “I used to treat people in front of the lens as the form that I set up with a perfect precision in front of the camera. This time, I wanted to work more like a film director. Through attempts, tips, and conversations, I tried to enter the actors into the space of the set design and observe how they find themselves in it, not just imposing the final composition in 100%, as it happened in my previous cycles.”

The Taste of Cherry #6 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #6
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

The process behind The Taste of Cherry was indeed like a movie production. The first scenario and detailed sketches of the scenes were created when Wysocki started his studies at the Łódź Film School’s Photography Faculty few years ago. Each element was meticulously planned. In the meantime, funds for the project were being raised. Wysocki engaged a group of 60 people: actors, set designers, plan managers, make-up artists, costume designers, stuntmen, and video operators. Photo sessions were carried out in Łódź, in a huge 2000 m2 studio.

It is uneasy to track down the aesthetical inspirations inside The Taste of Cherry, but from the practical point of view Wysocki’s methods are similar to those used by masters of photography like Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Thomas Demand, or Paweł Bownik. Although Wysocki himself  admits to the fascination rather with painting and sculpture: “Egon Schiele, Vermeer, Lucian Freud, Caravaggio – these are the names that are particularly fascinating to me now. It is not so obvious, but I see in their work many staging-related elements that inspire me and which I try creatively use in my work.”

The Taste of Cherry #9 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

The Taste of Cherry #9
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Tomasz Wysocki planned his project with care for details; however, the photographs were designed to leave room for interpretation of the recipient. This is the kind of a statement that can be found in the famous painting Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? by Paul Gaugin. The Taste of Cherry created by Tomasz Wysocki is an original development of thoughts expressed by Gaugin, written on 12 large-format photographs.

Tomasz Wysocki (b. 1990) | based in Łódź (Poland) | student of Photography at the Łódź Film School | deals mainly with staged photography, in which every element of the photographic set is precisely arranged, and photographs are taken without manipulation of the image or photomontage | loves contact with nature, hitchhiking, painting, and talking to people | has shown his works at group and individual exhibitions in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and Poland | laureate of the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2014) and double scholarship holder of the Minister of Science (2014, 2016) | represented by Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw.

­­­Tomasz Wysocki – THE TASTE OF CHERRY
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: April 20 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 21 and June 3, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • Artist’s talk: May 10 at 6.00 PM
  • Curatorial guided tour: May 24 at 6.00 PM

The Tomasz Wysocki exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage. See a selection of The Taste of Cherry @ doc! #43 and making-of video @ vimeo.com/265368949

Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw @ AIPAD’s Photography Show

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

We are thrilled to invite you to visit Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw booth at the longest running and one of the world’s most prestigious exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium: The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, taking place in New York City.

Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw strives to promote Polish artists, presenting their works at international art fairs and exhibitions throughout the world. Following numerous successful presentations in Europe and Asia, the time has come to conquest America. The gallery will present two artists representing different approach to medium, thus showing diversity within the Polish photography: Tomasz Wysocki (doc! #43) and Paweł Żak (cd! #1 & #6).

A master of powerful imagery, mature beyond his age

 

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

Taken from The Taste of Cherry (2018) series

One of the most talented photographers of the young generation in Europe, Tomasz Wysocki (b. 1990) studied Photography at the Łódź Film School. In New York, he will present a selection of works from his most recent project The Taste of Cherry.

Tomasz creates a surreal, multi-layered visual story in a series of 12 unique images that investigate diverse, yet universal events of human life. He constructs his world and its protagonists within the settings created through a specific frame in mind. Every element is meticulously arranged without any manipulation, while digital editing technology is only used for basic retouching. The unexpected and visionary, The Taste of Cherry proves how dreamed-up landscapes and symbolic visions are being unveiled to the contemporary viewer through the medium of photography.

Tomasz Wysocki is one of the most interesting discoveries of recent years. The first public presentation of his works took place at a group exhibition 45 Frames from PhotoVogue hosted by Italian Vogue at the Leica Gallery in Milan (Italy) in 2015. Since then, he has exhibited in Copenhagen (Denmark), Berlin (Germany), Milan (Italy), Warsaw (Poland) as well as in Paris (France) and recently made his way to China. In New York, Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw will also show a selection of works from his Exodus 2064 series.

A master of contemporary still life

Nicely. Taken from the And Other Still Lifes (2008) series

Nicely.
Taken from the And Other Still Lifes (2008) series

And Other Still Lifes by Paweł Żak (b. 1965) constructs an unusual collection of stationary still objects that are bonded together for their composition or symbolic features. Small, lifeless objects are very important topics for painters, but there are a few photographers, who are focused on still life too and Paweł Żak is a real master among them. For over 25 years, Paweł has surprised numerous audiences with his sensitivity and perception. He exhibited his works countless times all over Europe. A week after the show in New York, he will open his solo exhibition in Kyoto (Japan). His works are extremely popular amongst European collectors and institutions, including the National Museum and Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the Museum of Art in Łódź, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, among others.

“Still life in photography is a double death of things. First, the nature dies and is transformed into art by composition and abstraction. As photography is dead in its essence, it may immobilise both processes of growth and decay. This paradox lays the ground for Paweł Żak’s artworks,” – says a contemporary art critic Adam Mazur on Paweł Żak’s project.

Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw @ AIPAD’s Photography Show
Pier 94 (booth #809), New York City (NY, USA)
April 5-8, 2018

Robby Cyron @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Crested Dutch Taken from the Gallus series

Crested Dutch
Taken from the Gallus series

Robby Cyron’s Figura Animalis exhibition draws its roots from an ornamental chicken from Leon Tarasewicz’s bird’s collection. A well-known painter lent one of species for a photo session organised by a fashion magazine. However this tiny cock was just one of many elements of the set, it caught the photographer’s eye. At the moment when the light of studio lamps reached the bird’s plumage and its feathering had blazed of vivid, colourful brilliance, Robby Cyron realised that he had just found a new object of his photographic fascination.

The exhibition title Figura Animalis has an ambiguity hidden in the double meaning of a Latin word animalis that could be translated as a word “animal”, but above all it refers to the vitality and life. Moreover, the noun anima can also be associated with the vital soul. This ambiguity is also captured through Cyron’s perspective on birds and mammals. The artist seeks new canons of beauty in the animal world.

Celita Taken from The Family series

Celita
Taken from The Family series

In his work Robby often studies various faces of nature, whether on the occasion of the B&W photographs of women like in the project entitled Bella or through the attempt to subjugate wildlife as in the case of Gallus and The Family projects. The Figura Animalis exhibition combines the last two series: ornamental chickens (Gallus) and Arabian horses – The Family.

The Family represents a poetic approach to animals that embody both, strong nature and grace. Horses seen by Robby Cyron are as monumental as a statue but their gaze often seems truly melancholic. Gallus means rooster, but its Latin name sounds more sophisticated, and so are the chickens as seen through Cyron’s lens. Birds covered with feathers in vivid colours are almost “posing” for photos. Are they still animals or tiny pieces of art?

Wersa Taken from The Family series

Wersa
Taken from The Family series

Cyron’s animalistic models embody the whole scale of emotions: sadness, melancholy and even comic quality. Birds and horses “pose” without make-up and they are not dressed up, which gives Cyron (that also specialises in professional commercial photography, working with models, actors and celebrities for various magazines) a new space for artistic expression.

“In my creative work I always try to capture various sorts of beauty phenomenon,” – says the artist.

The Figura Animalis exhibition is also a field of research for a new aesthetics. This project would not be possible without the photographer’s skills. Thanks to precise light usage and professional studio work Cyron’s photographs look like Dutch paintings with a touch of a hyperrealism.

Silkie Bantam Taken from the Gallus series

Silkie Bantam
Taken from the Gallus series

Robby Cyron (b. 1970) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | learnt to photograph in a classical advertising photography studio | photographer and curator | owner of the las studio and gwl gallery (both in Warsaw) | gives analogue atmosphere to his works, often made digitally | co-author of guide books IN (Warsaw: Agora, 2011) and author of the photobook Nath (Warsaw: RC, 2012) | his works have been published by such magazines like Maxim, Gala, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Playboy, Joy, Music Express, Glamour, Marie Claire, Twój Styl and doc! photo magazine (doc! #10 & #39), among others.

 

Robby Cyron – FIGURA ANIMALIS
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: February 9 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between February 10 and March 18, 2018

Accompanying events:

  • artist’s tours: February 11 at 1.00 PM & March 17 at 5.00 PM
  • artist’s talk: March 1 at 6.00 PM

The Robby Cyron exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

­­­Wojtek Wieteska @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Wojtek Wieteska_001

Travelling by Wojtek Wieteska is a story on two kinds of love: the photographer for photography and the photographer for a mysterious blonde – Agni. Their lasted for one year relationship was filled with photography, which resulted in a personal cycle of images, kept in the modern fair tale’s convention.

This is how Wojtek Wieteska describes Travelling in his recent essay A Photograph Is a Love Letter for doc! photo magazine:

“I had a beautiful and intriguing love affair between September 22, 2016 and September 4, 2017. (…) It was then when I created my most personal, intimate and luminous project Travelling. (…) I told about what and where had happened between both of us and how we both saw that. Together, as Agni was next to me, behind me or in front of the lens when I was photographing.”

© Wojtek Wieteska_002

The pictures from the Travelling series are filled with places, items and ephemeral situations in which this story took place. The colour images are diverse: from extreme close-ups,  details to urban scenes and natural landscapes. In some cases Wieteska shows how he perceives feminine eroticism without nagging with nudity. What connects that spectrum of aesthetics is emotions, sensuality and reflexion on photography per se. The recurring theme is the links between this medium and our sensitivity. Are photographs able to give a condensed picture, essence of the events that have really happened? How to capture the truth about love in a photograph? What is the place of photography in our life, here and now?

These questions make Travelling a total work that can be contemplated as a set or as single frames. Each part of the project is rooted in the artist’s statement: “Photography is faster than words!”

“I took pictures of emotions and feelings that appeared and disappeared like sparks. I often didn’t have enough time to name them. Today, I can photograph all things around me; it is the question of carving the style and my individual alchemy. I worked on the selection of its ingredients for a long time. There is nothing accidental in Travelling, but none of the pictures was staged,” – says Wojtek Wieteska.

Travelling also tells us how to put some thousands of taken photos into your own fictional or documentary story. That is why the show has its formal structure and scenographic concept carefully planned by Wieteska. Travelling consists of three mutually complementary and equivalent parts: the exhibition, screenings of a silent film with live music and non-standard catalogue.

© Wojtek Wieteska_004

Wojtek Wieteska (b. 1964) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator and teacher | one of the most recognisable Polish photographers of his own unique, conceptual approach to reality | has exhibited his photo projects in the most important Polish galleries and museums of contemporary art | author of photographic albums and books | his projects have been published in various magazines, including doc! photo magazine (doc! #17) | his photographs are held in collections in France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and in the USA | works in commercial field and leads Masters Classes | graduated from the Łódź Film School’s Faculty of Photography (PhD in Visual Arts: Photography) | also studied History of Art at Paris Sorbonne IV (France) and University of Warsaw (Poland) | columnist of doc! photo magazine.

Wojtek Wieteska – TRAVELLING
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: December 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between December 8, 2017 and February 4, 2018

The exhibition also includes:

  • film screenings:
    • @ Atlantic Cinema (33 Chmielna St., Warsaw, Poland) on December 5 at 7.00 PM (enrollments @ http://bit.ly/2zjrfQv)
    • @ Mysia 3 (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland) on December 8 at 6.30 PM, January 22 at 6:30 PM and special three-channel screening of films with travelling motive on January 28 at 12.00 PM up to 6.00 PM
  • artist tour on December 9 at 4.00 PM

The Wojtek Wieteska exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Paweł Jaszczuk @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

© Paweł Jaszczuk_01

¥€$U$ is already the second presentation of Paweł Jaszczuk’s works in the Leica 6×7 Gallery. After the projects showing day and night life in Japan, ¥€$U$ is the first one created since the author’s return to Poland. The inspiration for this project was documentation of gadgets and toys connected with Christianity, especially with contemporary Catholic devotion. For some years the artist has been buying them on the Internet, using such sites like eBay, Etsy and even Polish Allegro. All of them have been staged in a ‘natural’ context and portrayed in according to their purpose.

One of Paweł Jaszczuk’s goals is to draw attention to the surrealism of the marriage of capitalism to the world of religion and devotion in the modern times. The pictures present the whole spectrum of objects: from simple ones like a towel with image of Madonna on or a small pendant-cross with with a pocket knife to more unusual: a bath duck with a head of Jesus or a bulb with a cross-shaped filament. The ¥€$U$ project evokes universal questions on connections between religion, emotions and subjects (in this case – Catholic ones). What is the role of the images of the saints and of God? What are the borders of devotion? Can devotion and holiness exclude each other?

© Paweł Jaszczuk_05© Paweł Jaszczuk_02 © Paweł Jaszczuk_03

Paweł Jaszczuk observes how symbols and signs, along with the mass production, change into ambiguous gadgets. While related to religion, relics are considered unusual and unique (framed in precious materials and their use is strictly limited to fixed ritual), photographed by Jaszczuk they become relics ‘topsy-turvy.’ Often trashy, designed for everyday use, duplicated in thousands of copies, easy to be replaced swith new ones if destroyed or run out. On the other hand, these everyday items are closer to man: the artist emphasises their materiality, belonging to the owner and frequently his intimate relationship with them. Removed from the sacred level (because of its massification and utility), the object starts to function at the level of every-day reality, which means – at the level of profane.


© Paweł Jaszczuk_06© Paweł Jaszczuk_04

Paweł Jaszczuk (b. 1978) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | self-taught photographer | graduated from Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts in Sydney (Australia, 2004) | for seven years lived and worked in Japan where photographed nightlife of Tokyo | his photographs have been presented by many magazines, including British Journal of Photography, GUP, PHOTO, Eyemazing, The New York Times Magazine and doc! photo magazine (doc! #29/30), among others | has been presented at individual and group exhibitions internationally | has published three photo books: Salaryman (Mörel Books, London, 2009), Kinky City (dienacht Publishing, Leipzig, 2015) and Everything You Do Is a Balloon (Lieutenant Willsdorff, Bordeaux, 2016).

 

Paweł Jaszczuk – ¥€$U$
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: October 27 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between October 28 and December 3, 2017

The Paweł Jaszczuk exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Bogdan Dziworski @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1972 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1972
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski’s photographs belong to the canon of Polish post-war photography. His black and white pictures present daily life of common people, just met on the street during long hours walks. Dziworski, outstanding filmmaker and master of street photography, by many considered Polish Cartier-Bresson, whose photos often resemble frames directly taken from films by leading directors of the so called Polish film school, like Andrzej Wajda, Janusz Morgenstern and Wojciech Jerzy Has, perfectly catches reality, thanks to which the situations shown in his pictures have specific aura. In effect, each picture is a short story in a form of poetic or funny anecdote

“My pictures from those years are never staged,” – says Dziworski. – “They are walked-out. Day by day, there were even eight hours of shooting. Zbigniew Rybczyński used to say: ‘Wherever I go, something interesting happens.’ It was like that with me. At the beginning – nothing. Some time later, if you are patient enough, you start your dancing with reality. It seems that everything is over, a normal man says ‘Goodbye,’ but it is just this moment to start shooting! And then that Bresson’s decisive moment appears. After long workouts it can be overtaken by fractions of a second. Photographing is waiting for this moment, when the reality will set itself. But you must be lucky. And I am. I watch two plans and put them together. Three plans would be incredible luck, that gets into your frame. A film director could stage it, I wait.” 

Skierniewice (Poland), 1986 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Skierniewice (Poland), 1986
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1966 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1966
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski’s work is something more than street photography and photo stories from the second part of the 20th century. There is also a consequently, for decades realised project with a huge emotional load. Dziworski’s photographs have significant historical and cognitive value.

Many frames from his photographic record, created a little as if by chance, have never been presented. His first album titled My View was published in 1981 in Vienna (Austria). Not sooner did the second one appear than in the 1990s. It was the time when his intimate exhibitions took place in Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław and Częstochowa (all in Poland). The f/5.6 exhibition at the Leica 6×7 Gallery Warszawa will be the first comprehensive, cross-sectional retrospective, representing the whole of Bogdan Dziworski’s many years of photographic work. Many of the never published before works, carefully selected from the photographer’s large archive, will be presented during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an album of the same title, artist’s talks and screening of Bogdan Dziworski’s documentary films.

Łódź (Poland), 1965 Courtesy of Leica 6x7 Gallery Warsaw

Łódź (Poland), 1965
Courtesy of Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw

Bogdan Dziworski (b.1941) | based in Warsaw and Szczecin (Poland) | photographer, cameraman, film screenwriter and lecturer | graduate of the Łódź Film School’s Direction of Photography faculty (1965) | awarded with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal (2014) | has cooperated with Polish Film Chronicle, Educational Film Studio in Łódź and Film Production Company Zespoły Filmowe | author of numerous documentary films awarded at major festivals, including Fencer (1980) and Olympiad (1978) | founder and the longtime Dean of the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia in Katowice | has presented his photographs at individual exhibitions in Poland and in the USA | author of the books My View. Polish Impressions in Photography (Hannibal Verlag, Vienna, 1981) and 1/250 second (Wydawnictwa Artystyczne i Filmowe, Warsaw, 2000) | the first part of the Polish Photography cycle was devoted to his work (TERRA NOVA Krzysztof Heike, Warsaw, 1999).

Bogdan Dziworskif/5.6
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: September 7 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between September 8 and October 22, 2017

Accompanying events:

  • artist’s talks: September 25 and October 9 @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw at 6.00 PM
  • film screenings and talks: September 30 @ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw at 4.40 PM and October 15 @ Elektronik Cinema (7 Gen. Zajączka St., Warsaw, Poland) at 6.00 PM

The Bogdan Dziworski exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.