We are pleased to invite you to the exhibition on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Archeology of Photography Foundation. The experience of working with archival photographs over such a long period of time makes us proud but also provokes reflections. And so, rather than presenting the history of our Foundation through the prism of its most outstanding successes, we would like to reflect upon the character of working with archives as a non-governmental organization.
The exhibition focuses on photographs of flowers and plants. Compared to the considerable volume of works from the field of architectural documentation, this subject may seem marginal in Chrząszczowa’s artistic practice. And yet it is difficult to resist the impression that the images of plants – intimate, saturated with a very special emotional charge – were in some way very important to the artist.
Photographs by Maciej Musiał from 1969-1971. What did the reality in 1970s Poland look like from the perspective of a 23-year-old
photographer? What themes were discussed and published in the student press? What did
the photojournalist focus on and what distinguished his works?
What was it like to work on the iconic record covers of the 1980s? What was the creative process behind the photographs used for records and posters of such bands as Republika or Budka Suflera? Antoni Zdebiak collaborated with the most popular musicians of the 1980s, including Brygada Kryzys and Majka Jeżowska. The exhibition presents unpublished material from the photographer’s photoshoots, making it a perfect opportunity to trace his artistic inspirations.
Exhibition opening: November 10, 2021, 7 p.m.
The photography archive of the Archeology of Photography Foundation includes several representations of a body, mostly a female body – from documentary photographs, images from the realm of eroticism and pornography, to works that incorporate a female body in the artistic search and practice from the area of abstract photography or include it in their conceptual framework. Bodies of the Other – and thus those understood as strange, unfamiliar or underprivileged – are also present in travel photographs, documentary series from trips to the outskirts and suburbs, as well as in images of so avidly photographed children and animals. The spectrum of body representations also includes numerous images of dolls, sculptures, dummies, skeletons, and toys.
The Carousel exhibition presents 45 photographs taken by Harry Weinberg in 1966-1973. All of them were commissioned by the Eastern edition of Poland magazine, Polsha. The Archeology of Photography Foundation has been working on the photographer’s digital archive since 2020. This is the first exposition of Weinberg’s oeuvre at the gallery at 20 Chłodna Street in Warsaw. The great majority of photographs will be presented outside the press context for the very first time.
Many photographers of the post-war era got involved in projects related to applied photography; only a few specialized in this genre, while the vast majority accepted commercial assignments on the fringes of their regular photojournalistic or artistic activities. Authors often undervalued this part of their work because of its commercial dimension. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the knowledge about this genre of photography is still insufficient. With this exhibition, we would like to draw attention to applied photography as a creative field and grant it equally important status.
The aim of this publication is to draw attention to the documentary oeuvre of Marek Piasecki (1935-2011), artist, graphic designer, author of installations, heliographs and miniatures, member of the Second Krakow Group. The book comprises a selection of 150 photographs, based on Piasecki’s archive of negatives digitized by the Archeology of Photography Foundation since 2016. While some of the images within the selection are his well-known photojournalistic photographs, the majority are previously unpublished images.
We would like to invite you to familiarize yourself with the latest publication accompanying the exhibition Sława Harasymowicz, The Bay.
The point of departure for the project of Sława Harasymowicz is a tragedy that took place in the closing days of World War II, in Neustadt Bay, near Lübeck. Prisoners evacuated from the Neuengamme concentration camp lost their lives in the bombardment of three German ships by the RAF; among those who perished was the artist’s great-uncle, Marian Górkiewicz.
The Exhibition is to recall the life and work of Julia Pirotte (1908-2000), a Jewish photographer, journalist, communist, social activist, and author of the photographs from the Marseille uprising (1944) and – to a great extent perished – photographic documentation of the Kielce Pogrom (1946).
The point of departure for Sława Harasymowicz’s exhibition is a tragedy that took place in the closing days of World War II, in Neustadt Bay, near Lübeck. Prisoners evacuated from the Neuengamme concentration camp lost their lives in the bombardment of three German ships by the RAF; among those who perished was the artist’s great-uncle, Marian Górkiewicz.
Dłubak Soundsystem is a unique work: a dialog between Zbigniew Dłubak (1921-2005), one of the classical figures of the Polish neo-avant-garde, and the experimental music of contemporary performers, cellist Mikołaj Pałosz and saxophonist Ray Dickaty. This exceptional audiovisual performance, conceptualised by Mikołaj Pałosz, will see its premiere on the final day of the International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn.
We are pleased to announce that an exhibition of Jerzy Lewczyński’s and Krzysztof Pijarski’s works, curated by the APF’s Karolina Lewandowska, opens on 24 January 2013 at Fotohof, Salzburg. More information available on the Fotohof website >>> Exhibition is on until 16 March 2013.
Mariusz Hermanowicz, The Battlefield / exhibitionAnna Molska, PHOTOGRAPHS (LOOK WHAT I FOUND HERE) / video During this year’s edition of the Warsaw Gallery Weekend, Archaeology of Photography Foundation offers the first presentation of Mariusz Hermanowicz’s archive, whose research commenced at the beginning of 2015. This premiere presentation will include an individual exhibition of the artist’s works and a video piece by Anna Molska.
The exhibition From Photographer’s Notebook, presenting Tadeusz Sumiński’s works, is a subjective selection of photography notes from journeys. The oldest photographs were taken during trips to Italy and Spain in 1957 when the author had just started working as a photographer and had been freshly accepted as a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers (ZPAF). Other works come from the 1960s when Sumiński was employed as a full-time photojournalist in Polska monthly magazine aimed at African and Asian countries and started working intensively in this field.
Archeology of Photography Foundation is happy to invite you to a hosted exhibition by Belorussian artists group Veha (veha.by).
Belorussian artists group Veha (veha.by). Collective locates vernacular photography in the central point of their interest. Archival photographs from private collections searched throughout entire Belarus, turn into a tool aimed at studying tradition, history, and collective memory.
Wojciech Zamecznik (1923-1967) was a remarkable exponent of the Polish School of Posters, a photographer and experimenter in the fields related to film and photography. For his entire life, he lived and worked in Warsaw, he also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he conducted a photo-graphic design studio in the years preceding his death.
Photographing – as it is commonly known – is inextricably bound with the process of voyeurism, looking that often transgress the borders of intimacy. Such is also the case when we work with archives – the remnants and fragments of somebody’s art pieces, but also his/her life.
The Eye Chamber photography installation authored by Tomasz Szerszeń describes the exchange of looks and glimpses which enter the space of the archive. Its reference point constitutes the body of work by Marek Piasecki (1935-2011), a photographer, artist working with heliographs, author of dolls, sculptures, and collages. Many of his photographs are of an intimate character, he often processes and exploits the motive of the perverse stare or voyeurism.
Virtual Museum of Photography, available at: www.fotomuzeum.faf.org.pl, is a new base of photographs and knowledge on Polish photography.
The expanded portal allows a free browse through scans from archives studied and prepared by Archeology of Photography Foundation, but also through selected photography collections from other institutions – i.a. Jewish Historical Institute, Fundacja Pola Magnetyczne (Magnetic Fields Foundation), Fundacja dla Filmu i Fotografii (Foundation for Film and Photography), and Stowarzyszenie Dokumentalistów Droga (Documentary Photographers Association ‘The Road’).