Niemen @ NEY Gallery&Prints

© Chris Niedenthal

© Chris Niedenthal

„I met Czesław during his first stay in New York at the beginning of the 1970s. Urszula Dudziak and Michał Urbaniak just brought him to my place for dinner. He was talking a lot about the „Lilacs and Champagne” long play which he planned to record with Columbia Records. He was truly excited about that project. One day I invited him to my studio where I took photos for the potential album cover. We started liking each other from the moment we met and tried to continue our meetings in Warsaw as often as it was possible. He was a truly amazing man with an outgoing personality. He was also an outstanding musician. Unfortunately, he left us too early.“ (Ryszard Horowitz)

NEY Gallery&Prints opens its new exhibition space with extraordinary exhibition dedicated to the late, one of the Poland’s greatest composers, vocalists, multi-instrumentalists – Czesław Niemen. The exhibition will consist of a collection of works by artists who had the pleasure to meet Niemen and capture his personality through photos. The visitors will have a chance to see photographs taken by Niemen’s wife - Małgorzata and works by Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Marek Karewicz, Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Lidia Popiel, and Andrzej Świetlik. Each artist will present Czesław Niemen in a unique but characteristic way. The exhibited images were taken in New York City and Warsaw, during both – the specially organised sessions and private meetings of photographers with the musician.

„I think I met Czesław perhaps as early as in 1973 when I just arrived in Poland. Unfortunately, I rarely photographed him at work; more often in private situations – but what private is private! I did not want to use our friendship to take more photos of him; I thought it was not polite to impose oneself.“ (Chris Niedenthal)

Krzysztof Gierałtowski, Ryszard Horowitz, Marek Karewicz, Chris Niedenthal, Małgorzata Niemen, Lidia Popiel, Andrzej Świetlik – Niemen
Ney Gallery&Prints (5 Spokojna St., Warsaw, Poland). The exhibition will be open to the public between April 12 and May 17, 2015. Closing reception: May 17 at 5:00 PM.

More info @ NEY Gallery&Prints & Facebook

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Krzysztof Miller @ DCF ‘Roman House’

Camp of Catholic refugees from areas of religious struggles. Juba (South Sudan), November 22, 2006. © Krzysztof Miller

Camp of Catholic refugees from areas of religious struggles.
Juba (South Sudan), November 22, 2006. © Krzysztof Miller

Cartier Bresson believed that the decisive moment – when we press the shutter – is the most important factor in the photography. But when Krzysztof Miller pressed the shutter, there was no decisive moment. If dying of starvation children from the Hutu tribe or a Russian soldier sitting on a combat transporter and celebrating with champagne a victory in front of the Palace of Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev, or a drunk cyclist on the Warsaw-Siedlce road are decisive moments? Surely not but they really happened, and Miller was there and took pictures of them. Just in those indecisive about anything moments which never should have happened. But they happened. Neither they have changed anything, nor have decided about anything. The dying of hunger frail-bodied Hutu children haven’t put on weight. The drunk cyclist kept on riding along the busy road. And the Russian soldiers didn’t stop on the offensive in front of the Dudayev’s Palace.

Miller is not and does not want to be Bresson. There is no great philosophy in his photography. It is not fully clear, who is Miller. Nor we know what his photographs are. It could be argued – the testimony, illustration, document. Probably all of them. After having visited the exhibition, which is a summary of his achievements, everyone will find their own opinion.

Krzysztof Miller (b. 1962) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | a 16-time champion of Poland in jumping from the diving board and tower | a photojournalist of Gazeta Wyborcza (since 1989) | photographed almost all armed conflicts in the world and historical events of the last 25 years | a juror at the 2000 World Press Photo contest | author of the book 13 wars and one. The true story of a war reporter (Znak, 2013).

Krzysztof Miller – Indecisive Moment
Lover-Silesian Centre of Photography ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland). Grand opening: April 2 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until April 25, 2015.

Krzysztof Miller’s exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Cristiano Mascaro & Slawomir Rumiak @ MCK International Cultural Centre

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Two artists, two countries, two points of view. An artistic dialogue between Cristiano Mascaro, one of the best-known Brazilian photographers, and Slawomir Rumiak, a Polish multimedia artist.

Cristiano Mascaro set his sights on Gdansk, Warsaw, Lodz, and Cracow. At first, he checked on old factories; then, he investigated residential buildings and cities; finally, he ended up with taking a peek at the interiors of people’s homes.

Slawomir Rumiak focused on São Paulo, one of the world’s largest metropolises, set up by workers arriving from the Brazilian interior. In spite of the city’s population amounting to millions of people, not a single person features in the film. Juxtaposing the movie with Cristiano Mascaro’s black-and-white photographs, one is invited to discover traces of human beings: their places, stories, dreams, and longings.

The spaces envisaged, not only tell the story of the places and the people who created them, but simultaneously they also disclose a sensitivity, knowledge, and the fascinations of the photographers.

Cristiano Mascaro (b. 1944) | a photographer, architect, and lecturer | graduated from Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of São Paulo (M.A. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1995) | one of the most distinguishable Brazilian photographers actively shooting since the 1960s | has always found cityscape the central motif of his work | his accomplishments includes photographs of Richard Serra’s sculptures, cycles devoted to the world’s largest metropolitan centres (e.g. Buenos Aires, Havana, Berlin, Paris, New York, and Tokyo) | his works have graced numerous individual and group exhibitions and can be found in many private and public collections, notably Centre Pompidou.

Slawomir Rumiak (b. 1972) | a photographer, video artist, and draughtsman | a graduate of the Katowice branch of the Cracow’s Academy of Fine Arts (1999) | won recognition with his photographic cycles, including Prêt-à-Porter (2004) | is perfectly recognisable in Japan, where has cooperated with Tokyo’s Il Tempo Gallery and Zeit-Foto Salon | has published works in Japanese photo magazines and lectured at Japanese universities | has also curated two exhibitions of Japanese art in Poland: Simon Yotsuya and Friends, or Bellmer in Japan (CSW Kronika in Bytom, 2010) and Atokata (BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice, 2012).

Cristiano Mascaro & Sławomir Rumiak – Traces of People

International Cultural Centre Gallery (25 Main Square, Cracow, Poland). Opening reception: March 27 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public between March 28 and June 7, 2015. 

More info @ www.mck.krakow.pl and Facebook

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

New photo gallery in Poznan

© Mariusz Forecki

© Mariusz Forecki

Over 4,500 people supported the idea of creating a photo gallery in Poznan (Poland). Now, it is time to say THANK YOU to all of them!

The opening of the gallery (yes, they did it!) will take place on March 13 and as in case of all galleries over the world, it will be merged with the first exhibition of very unusual artist. Or rather artists as all fans of photography are invited to present their photographs.

What to do to be exhibited there and participate in this feast of photography? Send up to 3 pictures to zpaf@zpafpoznan.pl until March 11. 200 best pictures will be printed and presented on the gallery’ walls, while all submitted images will be presented in a slide show. Just make sure your pictures have at least 3000 pixels along a longer side and your e-mail is titled TRANSFORMACJA.

Organisers prepared a lot of attractions for the opening day and more details about them may be found @ Co z ta fotografia blog (the blog is in Polish language version only).

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new photo gallery (35 Glogowska St., Poznan, Poland). Grand opening of the gallery on March 13, 2015. Start at 10:00 AM, the end at 8:00 PM. The opening and the first exhibition are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Wojtek Wieteska @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

© Wojciech Wieteska

© Wojciech Wieteska

Wojtek Wieteska (doc! #17) is one of the most famous Polish photographers. Although he comes from a European school of photojournalism, his style is distinguished by a conceptual approach to reality. In Nailing Love he is still mach closer to the conceptual use of photography, creating an authentic project by using the photographs that were made during the last three decades.

Are concepts or words photogenic? What inspires me to photograph, and what is the fact or object ready to take a picture of?“ - says Wieteska about his exhibition. – I use the photography, moving pictures, objects. I think about their mutual relations. What interests me in the way of selection of photos and their exposition is the question of the meaning of singularity and originality, copy and replication, durability and destruction. What seems to be most interesting for me is just wandering on the outskirts of photography and encountering there these new connections.  

There are not only photographs on the Nailing Love exhibition. There is an archival tray with 12 photographs, which – in the course of more than a monthly process – will degrade instead of archiving. There are photos printed in different ways and of different sizes with contact sheet appearing next to the wallpaper. All of them create an intriguing, not obvious, and unusual exhibition.

Wojtek Wieteska (b. 1964) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | lecturer at the Lodz Film School where studied Cinematography | graduate of History of Art at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Warsaw | his works are filled with an atmosphere of contemplation, giving the viewer a sense of understatements and emotions enclosed in photographs | the first photo camera was a gift from his father | author of individual exhibitions presented in galleries and museums, publications in press and books, social and advertising campaigns | has lived in Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, and NYC | runs his group WWPHOTO.

Wojtek Wieteska – Nailing Love
Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: March 20 at 8:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public between March 21 and May 3, 2015. The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.

More info @ Facebook (website in Polish language version only)

Ada Zielinska @ NEY Gallery&Prints

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The Automotive Stills series has been inspired by visual enchantment to cars. The car, and the car accident in particular, has become an object of the author’s unique fascination. This controlled by a man machine is the most common cause of tragic death. According to statistics, about 4,000 people die and 45,000 get injured on Polish roads each year.

To seek a beauty in a cause of death (the car) refers to J.G. Ballard’s Crash, but in this case, it is devoid of erotic context. The goal of each car accident staged for the purpose of this series is a photo. The characters in the pictures have been removed from a modern world, their attitude to the situation and space, in which they occurred, have been given to the viewer’s interpretation.

Ada Zielinska (b. 1989) | a graduate of Classical Animation at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology (2011) | currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts’ Faculty of Media Arts in Warsaw, where participates in the Photographic Narration Workshop | her pictures were shown at a group Accommodation exhibition in the Museum of Modern Fine Art in Minsk (Belarus, 2014).

Ada Zielinska – Automotive Stills
NEY Gallery&Prints (7 Spokojna St. 2, Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: March 2 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 17, 2015.

The exhibition is organised under contra doc! patronage.

Anna Bedynska @ 5 Gallery

© Anna Bedynska

© Anna Bedynska

under doc! photo magazine patronage:

Anna Bedynska’s White Power (doc! #11) is a project on widely considered diversity. It makes us aware there are many varieties of beauty.

Albinos are the characters of White Power. Nobody knows how many of them live in Poland. They spend their everyday life aside, in the shadow, and Bedynska presents them in ‘spotlight,’ which they commonly avoid, pulls them out from the shadow, literally and metaphorically. And when faced with lens, they redefine the sense of beauty.

Albinism is a disease affecting 1:10,000 people, but it is not the disease that matters here, only the widely considered dissimilarity. Exceptionality, beauty, and uniqueness – are like distinguishing mark of people with absence of pigment.

Anna Bedynska – White Power
5 Gallery (CKK, 2 Silesian Parliament Sq., Katowice, Poland). Grand opening: February 25 at 6:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 22, 2015.

More info @ www.facebook.com/events/1556397444598501 (website in Polish language version only)

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska @ DCF ‘Roman House’

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under doc! photo magazine patronage:

Four Years, Three Months, Six Days – this is a title of the next exhibition in Wroclaw’s ‘Roman House’ whose protagonist is the father of Magdelena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska (doc! #24). The title refers to the time which will have passed since his death by the exhibition opening day.

The exhibition will consist of pictures from three series: Dad, I Just Miss my Husband. Meeting with Widows and Dad (2015). The first one is a personal record of transitory moments, which the photographer spent with terminally ill father in the last months of his life. The second series is a set of portraits of women who try to find themselves after the loss of their husbands. It starts with a photo of the artist’s mother. Presented for the first time Dad (2015) series is a set of pictures that were also taken during the father’s illness but their tone is much more cheerful. As the author says: “I created something, which to me is a combination of family album and diary without words. About the man to whom I owe so much. Life.”

Although extremely personal, the exhibition is narrated in such a way that it becomes universal. It perfectly captures emotions of someone who is faced with a terminal illness of a loved one, then with death, and finally has to learn to live with a feeling of emptiness and absence. The final stage includes acceptance of the loss and searching for the good and happy moments in the memory. It is the stage where Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska is.

Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska – Four Years, Three Months, Six Days
Lover-Silesian Centre of Photography ‘Roman House’ (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland). Grand opening: February 26 at 5:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 28, 2015.

Buy Magdalena’s book I Just Miss my Husband in our doc! store.

Students of the Warsaw School of Photography @ Skwer

© Mila Mindykowska

© Mila Mindykowska

In June 2014, students of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design boarded a train and went to Amsterdam for an open-air photography workshop. The exhibition in Warsaw’s Skwer is a record of this expedition.

The daily life of the street, carelessness, transitory moments, rituals, but also social contrasts, and interpersonal conflicts – this is Amsterdam in a nutshell. It is also Amsterdam, which we pass by without paying attention, having our minds focused on other matters, quickly moving from one place to another. It is Amsterdam, which attracts, enchants, and absorbs. This is also Amsterdam and its inhabitants that we see in the pictures taken by WSFoto’s students.

The exhibition is organised under honorary patronage of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Olgierd Chodyniecki, Rafal Dadej, Kamil Domanski, Tomasz Filipowicz, Anna Maria Jastrzebska, Mila Mindykowska, Krzysztof Mindykowski, Waldemar Ostrowski, Ewa Przygodzka & Aleksandra Schonthaler – 11:15 AM TO AMSTERDAM
Skwer (60a Krakowskie Przedmiescie St., Warsaw, Poland). Grand opening: February 23 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until March 15, 2015. 

The exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

DEBUTS 2015 jury – Grzegorz Kosmala

© Mirosław Kania

© Mirosław Kania

Grzegorz Kosmala – based in Warsaw (Poland) | founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of two online magazines dedicated to contemporary documentary (doc! photo magazine) and fine art (contra doc!) photography | originator of the DEBUTS project | juror in international photo contests | coordinator of the 7th and 8th editions of BZ WBK Press Foto, one of the Poland’s largest press photography contests | graduated from the Media Management and International Relations and Diplomacy faculties at the Nowy Sacz School of Business.