We are pleased to announce another event taking part through the Living Archives project: the exhibition Jerzy Lewczyński / Krzysztof Pijarski. Playing the Archive Game is an attempt to reinterpret the archive, but also the entire oeuvre, of photographer Jerzy Lewczyński. At Galeria Asymetria we are showing Jerzy Lewczyński’s (b. 1924) photographic series Face-Pulling Skirmish and a new work by Krzysztof Pijarski (b. 1980), titled JL – KP, which is an attempt to confront the larger figure of the Gliwice-based artist and the archive he has amassed over years. The exhibition is on from 17 June through 31 July 2011. Opening hours during the summer season: Monday-Wednesday 11.00-17.00, Thursday 12.00-19.00.
We are pleased to announce the Foundation’s new publication, The American Woman, a book of Zofia Chomętowska’s photographs in the interpretation of Jakub Śwircz and Kuba Dąbrowski. The publication resembles a small notebook that can be browsed with casual pleasure. The visual material, never published before, shows fragments of prewar Poland’s daily life. The book has been published in 300 copies and is available for PLN 35. The publication is part of the Living Archives project.
Nicolas Grospierre’s (b. 1975) The Picture Which Grows, realised in the apartment of photographer Tadeusz Sumiński (1924-2009), is another event in the Archaeology of Photography Foundation’s Living Archives series devoted to establishing creative dialogue between the classic figures of Polish photography and contemporary artists.
“Living Archives”, a major project by the Archeology of Photography Foundation, seeks to introduce now classic Polish photographers into the wider context of the history of art and culture by means of their oeuvres being reinterpreted by contemporary artists who offer new frameworks and interpretations of lesser known or forgotten works. The project will be officially inaugurated with the exhibition “The Little Man / Anticipation” featuring work by Zofia Rydet and Julia Staniszewska (11.03.11 - 22.04.11, Asymmetry Gallery). Opening: March 10, 2011, 7.00 p.m.
On May 13-14th, 2011 the Archeology of Photography Foundation in Warsaw, Poland, organises an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the practice and theory/critique of the photographic archive. The conference is in the frame of “PhotoRegister” project. In the wake of the “archival turn” that took place in the last 15 years or so, there seems to be an urgent need to reflect on the role of the photographic archive in Central and Eastern Europe, not only for the humanities, but also in the context of art and politics – on the perspectives it opens and the dangers it creates.
“Fotoeseje. Teksty o fotografii polskiej” [Photoessays. Texts on Polish Photography], a book by Lech Lechowicz, is already available at the Archeology of Photography Foundation in Nowogrodzka 18a, Warsaw, as well as through the Internet. This is the first comprehensive anthology of writings of Lech Lechowicz, a renowned photography expert, offering an invaluable contribution to the research of 20th-century art in Poland. The collected texts discuss Polish photography from both historical and problem-oriented perspectives. Price: 32 PLN.
Have a look at our offer of a limited series of collector’s reprints of photographs by Zbigniew Dlubak, Zofia Chometowska, Janusz Bakowski and Wladyslaw Pawelec. Not only do they make a great and exciting gift, but each purchase supports the statutory activity of the Archeology of Photography Foundation. The reprints are numbered, series strictly limited, archive quality, some of them have been featured in exhibitions organized by the Foundation. The price, depending on the artist, technique and format, varies between 300 and 800 PLN.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all photographers who offered their work at Photosprint! It was you who made this event a big success. We would also like to thank all guests and participants who eagerly hunted for photographs. Over 70% of all presented works were sold!
The income will serve to support the publication of an album of works of Zbigniew Dlubak or Zofia Chometowska.
See Photosprint in photographs.
Join Photosprint, a unique event that offers an occasion to buy works of both renowned and established photographers, as well as emerging artists, with reporter, fashion, documentary shots, and historical reprints presented side by side. The names of the authors will be disclosed only after purchase! The price for each work is 250 PLN. Find a photo of your liking, place a request, and find out more about your purchase!
View from my Window, a unique photographic series by Mariusz Hermanowicz (1950-2008), will be presented for a week in the artist’s former apartment in Warsaw. For the duration of the exhibition, the apartment will host 40 unique photographs from the series. Looking out the apartment window, the visitors will have an opportunity to witness the current state of the site photographed by Hermanowicz.
The series of black-and-white photographs taken between 1968 and 1979, shows the same location from the time before the construction of the Lazienkowska expressway, the development of the thoroughfare, and the first years following its opening, including the historical events which took place there, such as motorcades of Leonid Brezhnev or the Pope John Paul II.
For the first time since seventy years an individual exhibition of works by Zofia Chometowska (1902-1991) – one of most eminent and prolific women photographers of the interwar period and a pioneer of Polish photojournalism – opens in Warsaw featuring mostly her unknown work. Discovered in the artist’s archive (which was transported from Argentina owing to the FotoRejestr project, with the support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage), the works reveal a broad range of techniques characteristic of 35mm Leica camera. Introduced to the market in the mid-1920s, Leica was the first 35mm camera and, at the same time, a synonym of modern photography. more photographs >>>
On 25th and 26th of October the Foundation hosted a workshop titled “Preservation of Photographic Materials”, devoted to archiving photography and led by Jens Gold, expert in photography conservation at the Preus Museum, Norway. The workshop brought together representatives of key Warsaw institutions which hold photography collections. The event was made possible by the FotoRejestrproject, generously supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
Research in Zbigniew Dlubak’s archive revealed glass negatives of fairly unknown portraits, among them Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Stazewski and Jerzy Andrzejewski made in 1953. Many of the photographs were reproduced in a handbook for amateur photographers published the same year. more photographs>>>
Asymmetry Gallery and the Archeology of Photography Foundation present the exhibition of cult photographic series Alice in Wonderland by Tomek Sikora i Marcin Mroszczak. Opening: Asymmetry Gallery, September 16 (Thursday), 7 p.m. The exhibition runs until October 29.
As part of the FotoRejestr program, the Foundation has begun work on the archive of a well known photographer of nudes, Wladyslaw Pawelec. Among the first scanned negatives are a number of portraits of Anna Dymna. A recent issue of “Exklusiv” magazine also presents extensive material about the photographer by Karolina Sulej. Exklusiv
Elzbieta Tejchman has generously donated pre-war magazines and books about photography from her collection to the Foundation’s collection. The gifted items include periodicals such as "Fotograf Warszawski", "Fotograf Polski", "Foto", "Przeglad Fotograficzny", and "Wiadomości Fotograficzne", as well as books such as Jan Bulhak’s Estetyka Swiatla. A complete list of titles and issues will be soon available on our web page.
Another installment of Zofia Chometowska’s archive has arrived from Argentina, containing thousands of negatives from before and after the war, numerous prints, as well as contact sheets, made by the artist. The set includes photographs commissioned by the Ministry of Communication, exhibition shots of the Warsaw Accusses! show, images of Warsaw in ruins, and landscapes of the Polesie region. Transportation of the archive was made possible with the financial help from the Funduszu Wymiany Kulturalnej, while work on the archive has begun owing to a grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Urban game "Dlubak’s Mokotow", June 13th, 10.00 a.m. to 2 p.m. 14.00, with prizes!
Last days of the exhibition of Zbigniew Dlubak’s works "Inside" in Pulawska 24a
The exhibition of works by Krzysztof Vorbrodt (1929-2001) entitled Symmetriads – Repetition, co-organized by the Foundation, will open on Thursday, 27th of May, 7.00 p.m., at the Asymmetry Gallery. Symmetriads – Repetition is the first individual presentation of Krzysztof Vorbrodt’s works in Warsaw. Had it not been for the Anthology of Polish Photography by Jerzy Lewczynski, Vorbrodt would have remained a completely obscure artist. The output of this photographer, associated with the circle of Photographers’ Association in Gliwice, was discovered and preserved because the effort and help of Jerzy Lewczynski.
On Saturday, 8th of May, on Chmielna 2, the Foundation opened an information point which, for a couple of hours, offered advice on the topic of storing and preserving photographic collections. We shared our experience, presented well proven methods and materials, and recommended interesting books. A number of our guests decided to reveal the treasures of their family collections, among these was an album of formal portraits from the late 19th century in the rare ‘Victoria’ format, as well as photographs from women’s marches in 1916, and Warsaw’s Dana Choir founded in 1928.