This is already the third edition of DEBUTS, the initiative which aims to discover and promote the most talented emerging Polish photographers. The book presents short portfolios of 40 photographers, the winners of this year’s edition of the project.
Despite of the range of photography they deal with – documentary, travel, street, fashion or fine art – all the portfolios are combined by the conscious use of the medium. The 40 people, whose photographs are presented at the exhibition and in the book, prove that the photography is something more than just pictures. It is about capturing forever emotions and life’s experiences. It is a joyful moment and a link between the present and the past, as well as a great gift for the future. It is a commentary on the photographer’s “here” and “now”, and it is up to us, the recipients, how we will decode this commentary. It requires us to open our minds to these pictures and to take the photographer’s point of view. Only then we will be able to decode his/her message. Only then we will understand his/her way of thinking. Only then we will be able to see ourselves in these pictures. So little and at the same time so much.
What do the emerging Polish photographers tell us in their pictures? What preoccupies their minds? They discuss the issues that, at certain moments, are important in everybody’s life: the joy of experiencing childhood, loneliness after the loss of a loved one, anxiety about the future. They observe and document their nearest surroundings; comment on the reality around them. Sometimes photography helps them accept themselves, and sometimes it lets them take refuge in ideal world they themselves have created.
The young photographers show that they know how to plan, that they know what composition is and that they are able to obtain the desired atmosphere with just one picture. All this makes the recipient of these images feel absorbed by them.
Featured photographers: Basia Abramowicz, Joanna Bałaś, Adam Biernat, Katarzyna Bojko-Szymczewska, Alicja Brodowicz, Patryk Bułhak, Katarzyna Czerniak, Natalia Dołgowska, Kamil Domański, Tytus Grodzicki, Małgorzata Gwiazdonik, Edyta Jabłońska, Marta Kaczmarek, Julia Kaczorowska, Marta Kiela-Czarnik, Barbara Kosakowska, Katarzyna Kubiak, Magdalena Kuca, Artur Kucharczak, Dominika Kucner, Jacek Laube, Anna Lemke, Paweł Malinowski, Michał Matejko, Jakub Michalec, Maciej Narożny, Ola Nguyen Van, Laura Ociepa, Michał Orliński, Arkadiusz Pisarek, Arek Rataj, Sandra Recka, Marta Rybicka, Wojciech Ryziński, Małgorzata Skrzypczyk, Kamil Śleszyński, Weronika Twardowska, Dominik Witaszczyk, Weronika Woźniak and Aleksandra Zinkiewicz
Jury: Petra Leene (NL & USA), Grzegorz Kosmala (PL), Calin Kruse (D), Mads Nissen (DK) and Moshe Rosenzveig (AUS)
DEBUTS (edition 2016)
Introduction: Grzegorz Kosmala
Reviews: Petra Leene, Calin Kruse, Mads Nissen
Dimensions: 165 x 225 mm
Number of pages: 188
Number of photographs: 165 (colour and B&W)
Language version: English
Publisher: BLOW UP PRESS
Premiere: June 9, 2016