The Chroniclers at the Museum of Literature

As part of the Retelling the City project, the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw is presenting two exhibitions prepared by the APF: The Chroniclers. Photographs of Warsaw 1945-1947 and Stadium 55. The former shows little known works of Zofia Chomętowska and Maria Chrząszczowa who, having returned to Warsaw in 1945, documented the city’s ruins and gradual reconstruction.

From Wojciech Zamecznik’s Archive

Intense work is pending on the archive of Wojciech Zamecznik. Please visit the gallery where we’ve uploaded his designs for 1966 and 1967 calendars created for Gdańsk Shipyard. Gallery >>>
Work on Wojciech Zamecznik’s archive has been financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Photography — Museum Narratives

On 14-15 October 2013, the National Museum in Warsaw is going to host the international seminar Photography – Museum Narratives. The seminar is organized by the Archaeology of Photography Foundation, in collaboration with the National Museum in Warsaw and the National Institute of Museology and Collections Protection. The aim of the conference is to investigate the position of photography within contemporary museum institutions and to determine the function and premises of photography museums. This event will bring forth an opportunity to become acquainted with histories of photographic collections and acquiring strategies of institutions such as:  Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Getty Museum (LA), Art Institute of Chicago,  Musée Nicéphore Niépce (Chalon-sur-Saône) , Musée de l'Élysée (Lausanne), and Rosphoto (St. Petersburg).   Program>>


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.


 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

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  >>>