ALBOM.PL

We invite you to the opening of the exhibition Albom.pl, which takes place on the January 8 (Thursday) at 7pm. The photographs, over fifty of which are presented at the show, have been collected during a 2014 research tour across seven towns: Kleszczele and Gródek in Poland, and Sapotskin, Lunna, Voupa, Vawkavysk, and Kamenets-Litovsk in Belarus. Photographers and historians from both countries took part in it.

Filip Tofil, COLLAGE. DEHUMAN

 We invite you to the opening of the exhibition COLLAGE. DEHUMAN with works by Filip Tofil, which will take place on October 30 (Thursday), 7pm.
Everything has already been done. Deconstruction, fragmentation, multiplication, humiliation, or even abuse, of body. The tradition of collage reaches back to the experiments carried out by the Dadaists, Surrealists, and Pop artists. In spite of that, both the theme and the form continually help to broaden the artistic horizons – not only due to the technical and iconographic possibilities (the latter of which manifest themselves in the endlessness and accessibility of the iconographic collections, such as photo archives and library collections), but most of all thanks to the ubiquity of body in visual culture. The exhibition is open until November 7.  

Picnic on the Rock. Photographs by Stefan Bursche

We invite you to the opening of the exhibition of photographs by Stefan Bursche. It will take place on November 7 (Friday) from 6 – 8pm at the FF Gallery in Łódź, 17 Traugutta St. The exhibition will be open until November 29, 2014. 
Stefan Bursche (1887-1940), a trained engineer, spent most of his life in Łódź and Pabianice, where he worked at the Geyer and Krusche & Ender textile companies. Privately, Bursche was an enthusiast of sightseeing trips, which he attended as a member of the Łódź Tourism Association and of the Łódź division of the Tatra Society. It is likely that it is these activities that led him to developing his interest in photography.
Stefan Bursche’s legacy, comprising over eight hundred negatives (including glass and celluloid), is more than just a family archive – both in its scope and content, as well as its historical and artistic value. 

Afternoon with Photography

We invite you to an afternoon with photography which takes place on October 4 between 4-6.30 pm at the Museum of Modern Art, 51 Emilii Plater St in Warsaw. It will be devoted to a double book launch: of Clément Chéroux’s The Vernacular. Essays in History of Photography by (publ. Archaelogy of Photography Foundation, 2014) and Between the Document and the Experiment. Photography in Polish Photographic Periodicals 1945-1989 by Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska (publ. Bęc Zmiana and Archaelogy of Photography, 2014.)

The American Trick

Multiple portrait, associated in Poland mostly with the archives of Marcel Duchamp and Witkacy, was one of the most popular photographic games in the early 20th century. Private collections and home archives still hide photographs with multiplied reflections of models. The Russians called it the “American trick,” while the Americans referred to it as multiphotography. It arrived to Poland thanks to Witkacy, who brought the idea from St. Petersburg.

Clément Chéroux, The Vernacular

The Archaeology of Photography Foundation presents the first Polish translation of the book by Clément Chéroux, one of the most interesting contemporary curators and critics of photography. The book, comprising seven essays, tells the story of one of the least investigated and, at the same time, one of the richest areas of photography – applied and non-artistic photography.

Between the document and the experiment

Karolina Ziębińska Lewandowska, Between the document and the experiment. Photography in Polish photographic periodicals 1945-1989
Anyone who was engaged or interested in photography in the times of the People’s Republic of Poland is aware of the importance of magazines, next to exhibitions. Titles such as Fotografia or Obscura were analogical to Literatura na Świecie in the field of literature or Teksty in philosophy and linguistics in that they updated their readers with the most exciting currents in Poland and abroad in their respective subject matters. 
The richly illustrated book by Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska presents the most interesting examples from the areas of critique and post-war photography. The author discusses the avant-garde wave after the end of WW2, conflicts over the status of socialist realism, analytical photography (‘photomedialism’), the question of abstraction in photography, the impressive growth of photoreportage, and how all of these phenomena were described. This publication fills the gap in the coverage of the Polish photography in the times of the People’s Republic of Poland. 

Thinking Books post-workshop publication

Free copies of the Thinking Books post-workshop publication are available for pick-up at the Foundation’s office. The workshop accompanied the programme of the exhibitions Ambiguous Warsaw: Tadeusz Sumiński, Wojciech Zamecznik, Maria Chrząszczowa. We also welcome you to have a look at the documentation of the workshop.The Thinking Books project – workshop based on the photographs of Warsaw architecture of the 1960s and ‘70s was co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw. 

Digitizing in 2014

One of our permanent and most important activities is cataloguing, digitizing, and describing archives which we look after. This year, we plan to scan 8200 photographs from the archives of Wojciech Zamecznik, Zofia Chomętowska, and Tadeusz Sumiński. The vast majority of them will be meticulously described and uploaded to our online library, while a select part of the photographs will also be made available in the galleries on our website. We invite everyone to make use of our galleries and online library, released under the Creative Commons 3.0 license.

Meeting from the series Dusting Home Archives

 We welcome everyone who would like to find out about how to protect their own collections of photography. Each home archive hides exceptional photographs which are waiting to be discovered. Perhaps some of them are exceptionally valuable historically or artistically? Perhaps some of our ancestors were artists, or maybe the photographs which we accidentally found in an flea markets have a chance of getting to art galleries worldwide?
Consultations, accompanying Vivian Maier’s exhibition, will take place on 22nd May, between 3-7pm at Leica Gallery in Mysia 3.