Man in Polish People’s Republic (1950-1965)
Documenting pre- and postwar Warsaw, Maria Chrząszczowa is not only interested in ruins and construction sites. Concerning rebuilding and new quality of life in Poland, in her photographs Chrząszczowa presents the complete spectrum of social life occurrences. There are workers, people becoming more “culturalized” and people during leisure activities; scouts among tree-covered hills, family in the countryside, women working in a glassware factory, piano concert or schoolchildren during school ceremonies. Among chosen shots, it is impossible though to find propaganda aesthetics. This only proves that Chrząszczowa was concentrated on man as a subject, not as an object used for good composition.