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. 

Wojciech Zamecznik, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller...

The photographs, small notes, studies, and working prints of Wojciech Zamecznik (1923-1967) share an oneiric feel and a surrealistic visual quality. Virtually each originates in a differ ‘order’, each served a different purpose, comprised a different narrative, and yet are all formally close. The photographs and film excerpts presented in the exhibition at the Archaeology of Photography Foundation lift the veil of reality.

The Power of Time. Dalkia Archive

The APF is launching a new exhibition series, Phototheque: starting this year, besides authors represented by the Foundation, we will start showing interesting but little known archives from outside Warsaw. The purpose is to contribute to the charting of a decentralised map of photographic individualities. The series begins with Energy of Time. The Dalkia Archive, a collection of photographs from ca. 1922-1940 by Łódź-based documentalist Wiktor Jekimenko, which premiered at the ‘Fotofestiwal’ International Photographic Festival in Łódź in 2011. The exhibition opens on 12 March 2013 (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. Curators: Marta Szymańska (Fotofestiwal Łódź), Marek Domański.

Zbigniew Dłubak’s Art Theory

A new publication, Teoria sztuki Zbigniewa Dłubaka [Zbigniew Dłubak’s Art Theory], ed. Magdalena Ziółkowska, is available (since 2 March) at the Foundation. Graphic design by Joanna Jopkiewicz. Gallery >>>

Zamecznik’s Films

We have completed the digitisation of 3 hours of Wojciech Zamecznik’s 16 mm films from 1949-1967. The footage documents family life, artistic meetings and trips, as well as Zamecznik’s exhibitions.

Maria Chrząszczowa’s Archive

Work on Maria Chrząszczowa’s archive has been under way. Best known for her documentations of the ruins of 1945 Warsaw, Chrząszczowa’s photographs have been shown in an APF exhibition and featured in the publication The Chroniclers. As part of recent work, some of the author’s earliest negatives have been straightened, secured and scanned. Besides the ruin documentations, the collection includes photos from the 1950s and 1960s, showing Warsaw’s architecture, including newly built developments. The whole collection will be available online soon.

Zbigniew Dłubak’s Documents

The APF is completing the digitisation of documents from Zbigniew Dłubak’s archive, including the artist’s correspondence and personal notes. A list of the whole collection will be available online soon. Right: photo by Jakub Certowicz.

(I’m) Moviemaking

(I’m) Moviemaking is a unique, never previously shown film by Zofia Chomętowska, offering glimpses from the private life of her aristocratic family and friends in the late 1920s. The film is a one-of-a-kind 27-minute-long montage of archival footage, conceived by Karolina Puchała-Rojek, with literary commentary by Mikołaj Łoziński and music by the Warsaw Village Band. The material remained in obscurity until only recently, as did the very fact that Chomętowska had ever made films, even though this major pre-1950 Polish woman photographer actually debuted, at the Poznań National Exhibition in 1929, with a film rather than a photography project.