‘Men in the River Stream’ by Jan Sochor @ doc! photo magazine #29/30

© Jan Sochor

© Jan Sochor

Artisanal (unmechanised) sand mining is an ancient mining technique used to obtain sand for construction purposes. Depending on the natural conditions (strength of the stream, depth of the river, richness of the sand deposit), together with the sand miners’ physical condition (powerful lungs), different working methods are employed. However, the material is always extracted in metal buckets (10 kilograms per load), either by standing on the river bottom and searching for sand by feet, or, diving up to 3-5 meters deep using a long wooden plank with steps. A cargo canoe may be fully loaded in an hour or two of physically demanding work.

The vast majority of sand miners work freelance, having just a bucket, a shovel, and an old wooden canoe. Due to the long working stays in cold water, most of them suffer from diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Those who dive, complain about the lingering pain in the ears. Although their daily salary does not exceed USD 15-20, the sand miners are hard-working men who are proud of their profession, valuing their work freedom above all, and usually, as long as their health and strength permit, they keep facing the river stream every day…

by Jan Sochor

doc! #29/30 (pp. 75-103)

WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3 – meeting no. 2

Evacuation of two wounded US Marines by the MEDEVAC crew (medical evacuation). Helmand province (Afghanistan), 2010. © Piotr Andrews

Evacuation of two wounded US Marines by the MEDEVAC crew (medical evacuation). Helmand province (Afghanistan), 2010. © Piotr Andrews

„War photography is an incredible real man’s adventure, but don’t be mislead. This is not a simple photography. It consists of many factors and lots of questions that we need to answer. It is very important that we have to be responsible for our lives, and often for the lives of others. Personally, I believe that there is no picture that would be worth someone’s life. Do I take a picture or help? Where is the line between being a normal paparazzi and photographer who wants to have impact on the existing situation by informing the public? These are difficult ethical questions, but also very important ones.“

Piotr Andrews > Blood and Tears, or if War Photography Can Change the World

Piotr Andrews (b. 1961) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | studied photography at university in Ottawa (Canada) | made his debut as photojournalist in 1984 working for local newspapers like Ottawa Citizens and Sunday Herald | photographed the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989 which became the beginning of his adventure with big agencies – Associated Press and Reuters | in the years 1990-1996, documented collapse of the Soviet Union, war in Chechnya and former Yugoslavia | nominated for  the Pulitzer Prize for pictures of dramatic events in Sarajevo (1996) | a Reuters’ correspondent in Africa since 1996 where witnessed the end of Apartheid in South Africa | has photographed in Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq | also photographed Winter and Summer Olympic Games (USA, Italy, Canada, Greece, China, and the United Kingdom) as well as the World Cup in football (Japan and Germany) | the winner of numerous competitions and juror in many press photography contests | main photographer in the first anniversary issue of doc! photo magazine (doc! #13).

barStudio (Studio Theatre @ Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Square, Warsaw, Poland).
March 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3’s meetings are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

More info @ wszyscyjestesmyfotografami.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/wszyscyjestesmyfotografami, and www.facebook.com/events/680842878707914 (all websites in Polish language version only)

History of a Photo

© Jakub Szymczuk | Gosc Niedzielny

© Jakub Szymczuk | Gosc Niedzielny

Watch Jakub Szymczuk, Czarek Sokolowski, Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), and Jerzy Kosnik talking about their photographs in a series produced by the Centre for Thought of John Paul II – History of a Photo.

The series consists of short videos (2-4 min.) in which the photographers share their emotions experienced by taking one of the most important images in their life. All photos are linked by the theme: SOLIDARITY.

We are already after the first episode with Jakub Szymczuk talking about the picture taken during bloody attempt to suppress a peaceful protest against the Viktor Yanukovych government in Kiev (Ukraine) on February 20, 2014, currently called Black Thursday. The picture has been awarded with Picture of the Year and Picture of the Decade at the 2014 Grand Press Photo competition.

The next episode with Czarek Sokolowski will be webbed on February 26, 2015.

History of a Photo -> each Thursday at 8:00 PM @ www.youtube.com/foksal11 channel.

All episodes are in Polish language version only.

Ada Zielinska @ NEY Gallery&Prints


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.

doc! photo magazine #31 has been published!

The new, slightly revised, and 100% English issue of doc! photo magazine has been published today! As usually, the magazine discusses eight stories of great importance to the world, local communities, and individuals.

The main photographer of the issue is Rob Hornstra, co-author of The Sochi Project. The story covers a dramatic situation on the Caucasus, bringing an alternative story to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (Russia), that may be used as a comment on the recent news from Ukraine.

  • photo essay – THE SOCHI PROJECT

Other stories in doc! #31 are:

The magazine also contains the third part of the DEBUTS 2014’s laureates presentation, including pictures by Ewa Behrens, Krzysztof Sienkiewicz, Filip Skronc, and Agnes Szedera.

Everything on 260 pages with 173 (69 duotone and 104 colour) images!

Go to our doc! store and buy the issue for just EUR 2.20!

Have a nice visual reading!

Cover photo: Rob Hornstra

‘The Birth’ by Anna Maria Biniecka @ doc! photo magazine #29/30

© Anna Maria Biniecka | Testigo Documentary

© Anna Maria Biniecka | Testigo Documentary

Magdalena Polkowska is a professional storyteller. When she was 34, she became pregnant and she decided to give the birth to her baby in a small cottage. In accordance with her sensitivity and intuition she had planned every piece of the event like hand-sewing garments, Slavic ceremony of introducing the child to the Nature, interior lighting, special music, and instruments. While labour she was assisted by two women – a midwife trained to receive home births and a doula – spiritual guide and assistant. The labour took 16 hours…

by Anna Maria Biniecka

doc! #29/30 (pp. 11-35)

‘We Are All Photographers’ vol. 3 @ barStudio

© Filip Springer

© Filip Springer

The third edition of WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS meetings is coming! The meetings are targeted to all photography lovers. They play a role of a guide to the world of modern photographic image and the meetings are led by photographers, curators, journalists, culture animators, and art historians. Its third edition will consists of six meetings discussing various areas of photography, including architecture, war, and photo books, among others. The first meeting will be led by Filip Springer and will take place on February 26, 2015.

Filip Springer > Space Deconstruction or Architecture in Photography

“Architecture is not only buildings, but also the space between them” – Oskar Hansen, a great Polish architect, would say. However, his words do not cover a definition of architecture as there is not any and we all have to find one for our own purposes. For photographers, this indeterminacy of architecture is a huge challenge – how to photograph something that even its creators don’t know how to call it. And this will be a focus of the upcoming meeting – photography as a tool to experience a space formed by the architecture.

Filip Springer (b. 1982) – reporter, photographer, and author of several books on architecture (Zaczyn. O Zofii i Oskarze Hansenach, Wanna z kolumnada. Reportaze o polskiej przestrzeni, Zle urodzone. Reportaze o architekturze PRL-u), co-worker of the Polityka weekly, Tygodnik Powszechny, and Gazeta Wyborcza. Scholarship holder of the Ryszard Kapuscinki Herodot Foundation.

barStudio (Studio Theatre @ Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Square, Warsaw, Poland).
February 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

WE ARE ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS vol. 3’s meetings are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

More info @ wszyscyjestesmyfotografami.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/wszyscyjestesmyfotografami, and www.facebook.com/events/680842878707914 (all websites in Polish language version only)

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)

‘Simulacrum Praecipitii – The Vision of The Abyss’ by Alessio Ortu @ doc! photo magazine #29/30

© Alessio Ortu

© Alessio Ortu

doc! photo magazine presents:

I feel the need to investigate the stages of extreme human decay: physical, mental, and moral deterioration caused by life in the streets, by substance abuse, by living at the margins of what is considered normal or acceptable by our society. I want to register the slow dive towards the point of no return, in this way I’m forced to deal with my own fears and my own weaknesses. I try to catch dreams and intentions hidden behind the ruins of their bodies, damaged like battlefields. Here you die slowly and there is no burial…

by Alessio Ortu

doc! #29/30 (pp. 153-177)

Sarker Protick among winners of the 2015 World Press Photo


Sarker Protick’s What Remains (doc! #25) took the 2nd place in the 2015 World Press Photo contest in the Daily Life/Stories category.

The World Press Photo of the Year 2014 went to Mads Nissen.

Our congratulations!

All winners and more info @ www.worldpressphoto.org