Maria Chrząszczowa, Footwear and Accessories, 1954

The cover of the Shoes and Accessories catalogue published in 1954 by the Warsaw Institute of Industrial Design (IWP) features open-toe sandals and a wicker-and-canvas handbag. Just as modern design and local traditions are merged today, so, it turns out, they were under real socialism. The comprehensive catalogue text discussing the summer collection prototypes suggests that the designers sought not only functionality of form but also economically viable and hygienic solutions. Behind the text’s ideologized language stands a product-design philosophy that sounds surprisingly modern and fresh today.

Zbigniew Dłubak, Body Structures

Zbigniew Dłubak (1921-2005) started working on the theme of the female nude around 1958 and continued it for the rest of his practice. However, he was never considered an expert in nude photography, a paradox that can be explained by the fact that his nudes always followed modernist logic, serving to make statements on the language of photography, on the processes of sign creation and interpretation, or on the mechanisms of visual perception.

Augustis. Every Day

Bolesław Augustis. Every Day is a second instalment in a series of presentations of interesting out-of-Warsaw collections organised by the FAF as part of the Fototeka project. 
A very large collection of 35 mm films and several dozen glass negatives left by Białystok-based photographer Bolesław Augustis (1912-1995) was discovered in 2004; through the efforts of Grzegorz Dąbrowski, a photojournalist working for Gazeta Wyborcza’s Białystok edition, the collection was archived and safely stored. 
 

Summertime Schedule

Please be informed that due to the holiday season the gallery's opening hours will change. July: Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm, Wed 12-7 pm; August: gallery closed. The APF office works in August and can be reached at (48) 22 628 14 64.

Award

 We are very pleased to announce that on 25 June 2013 the Archaeology of Photography Foundation received the Minister of Culture and National Heritage's Annual Award in the category of National Heritage Protection.
We thank all our friends and fans for their long-time support.
A video from the award presenting ceremony here>>>
The photograph used in the film and visible on the right is by Zbyszek Carewicz.
 

Documentation of Madrid show

We’ve posted a gallery of photos from the exhibition Zbigniew Dłubak. Body Structures, part of Photoespaña 2013. Exhibition curator: Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska, exhibition design: Jan Strumiłło.
Photographic documentation: Jakub Certowicz / Skanery niewiarygodne
Gallery>>>

Tate Seminar

A seminar devoted to Polish photography, organised by Sabina Jaskot-Gill (University of Essex / Tate) and Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska (APF), will take place at Tate Modern on 6 June 2013. Seminar programme  >>>
 

Zbigniew Dłubak, Body Structures, Photoespaña

One of the most influential representatives of the Polish postwar photographic avant-garde, Zbigniew Dłubak started working on the theme of the female nude around 1958 and continued it for the rest of his practice. However, he was never considered an expert in nude photography, a paradox that can be explained by the fact that his nudes always followed modernist logic, serving to make statements on the language of photography, on the processes of sign creation and interpretation, or on the mechanisms of visual perception. Emphasized, such theoretical investigations were far more important than the fact that they were carried out on photographs of the naked female body. Gallery>>>  Photographs >>>

APF at Fotofestiwal

Our readers are encouraged to see the exhibition Fotorejestr. Wolska  / Ebert as part of the I Artist. Archives and Amateurs section of the annual Fotosfestiwal in Łódź. Exhibition opens on 6 June at 7. p.m.  and is on view through 16 June.

Wojciech Zamecznik. Home on My Mind

The Archaeology of Photography Foundation has produced a film based on tapes from the archive of outstanding graphic artist and designer, Wojciech Zamecznik, edited by director and cinematographer Adam Palenta.
Discovered years later, amateur films from the People’s Poland era (1945-1989) captivate the viewer with their form and unique sense of humour. Seldom, however, do they show life outside the public sphere; under real socialism, especially in the early period, the film camera was hardly available for private users. From this point of view, the films from the years 1949-1966 discovered in the archive of graphic artist Wojciech Zamecznik constitute highly valuable material, in both aesthetic and documentary terms.