ATMOSPHERE OF KINDNESS

OVERWHELMED BY THE ATMOSPHERE OF KINDNESS I studied this land from the photos taken by my respectable friends who fell in love with the Podlaskie voivodship in Poland. When I arrived here in winter, at the beginning of 2011, these pictures, kept in my memory, proved true when confronted with reality. I was enchanted with the beauty of the landscape, but then, its splendor didn’t surprise me. So I thought that much ...

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HADES. UPPER SILESIA, POLAND

HADES. Upper Silesia, Poland This series of photographs was taken from March until August 2009. It was my intention to pay homage to people performing hard manual labor. The workers. I chose the Upper Silesia where the work ethos, traditions and related customs seemed to be most alive, apparent and colorful. Poland is changing fast and many of my photographs depict tasks, places and objects  which are becoming the thing of the ...

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A STONE’S THROW

A STONE’S THROW Old estates nestled in the Polish landscape are places marked by tragedy. First, right after the war, if the estates were nationalized people lost their country and patrimony, they were expelled from their homes and the family interest in the estate was eradicated; half a century later, the structural collapse of these estates brought the occupants equal amounts of poverty, feelings of harm, and a sense of exclusion ...

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IN THE CENTER

IN THE CENTER Presented photographs are personal subjective view, and are taken from my book, which I produced as a donation to the Children’s Memorial Health Center - the biggest children hospital in Poland. The suffering of children gives rise to frustration and sometimes anger at my personal helplessness.  Questions come to mind, which have no answers and only hope remains that those who battle devotedly to save the life of a ...

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GYPSIES

GYPSIES, DIFFERENT PEOPLE JUST LIKE US Traditionally perceived as strangers, surrounded by distrust, or even despite, they have always existed as isolated groups on the margins of developing European communities - even though their contribution to the general cultural heritage, especially in music, dance and various handicrafts, is unquestionable. My intention was to tell, in visual language, the history of a stateless nation, dispersed throughout the almost entire world and establishing, wherever ...

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REMNANTS. THE LAST JEWS OF POLAND

REMNANTS. The Last Jews of Poland The photographs presented in this gallery were made between 1982 and 1985, and are from the book Remnants. The last Jews of Poland written by Małgorzata Niezabitowska. Friendly Press, New York, USA first published the book in 1986. In 1800, three quarters of the world's Jews lived in Polish lands. In 1939 they formed the second largest diaspora in the world. In 1982, when I started working on this project, ...

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Boyhood – ©Agnieszka Maruszczyk

Poszukując fotograficznego tematu często kierujemy się w stronę egzotyki. Podróżujemy po świecie, przywożąc zdjęcia ilustrujące obyczaje i rytuały obcych kultur. Ciekawe, nierzadko efektowne, ale też najczęściej powierzchowne. Cóż bowiem można powiedzieć interesującego i pogłębionego, kiedy poświęcamy tematowi zaledwie kilka dni pracy. Seria prezentowanych poniżej fotografii ujawnia nie tylko oczywisty talent wizualny autorki zdjęć, ale również potęgę tematu lokalnego tego, co jest tuż obok nas, na czym się znamy i co rozumiemy, czemu ...

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MARTIAL LAW, POLAND, 1981-1982

MARTIAL LAW IN POLAND, 1981-1983 The pictures presented in this gallery were made in 1981 and 1982, when the Martial Law introduced by the Communist government was in force in Poland. Shooting on the street was forbidden at that time and was punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years. Imprisoned opposition activists with cameras that I was able to smuggle into a prison took two of those pictures. I present ...

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Mieszkańcy ©Justyna Janus

Pamiętam jak wiele lat temu dręczyłem Zosię Rydet - koleżankę ze Związku Polskich Artystów Fotografików – kiedy pokazywała mi czarno-białe fotografie, a na nich siedzących, starszych ludzi we wnętrzach ich wiejskich domów. Mówiłem wtedy z przekonaniem, że obrazy się powtarzają, że wizualny język jest nazbyt prosty, że jej projekt zakończy się kolekcją zdjęć bez wielkiego znaczenia. Byłem bardzo młody, bez wiedzy i doświadczenia. Nie rozumiałem potęgi tego przedsięwzięcia. Na szczęście naprawiłem błąd ...

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