"In photographing people in public space I am not trying to reduce the distance to them. Yes, with some people I make friends, but it is not my goal. I observe foreignness, I peep, I register it without interfering. I happen to have a conversation, on the initiative of my or others, but I do not encourage anyone to activities in front of the camera. I take photos. For me photographing is process of understanding, insight into people and myself."
I have photographed for over 15 years. I regularly publish, write and talk about my work. My photos have featured in many publications and I have produced artwork and promotional images for artists, theatres and newspapers. I was exhibited in various exhibitions in Poland, mostly in Katowice where I work and live.
I’m inspired by street photography of Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau.
- The photographs have been taken in Szopienice, 2003
- Unknown People, 1-22.03.2008, Katowice, Altus building
- Human, space, light - theatre photographs, 18.06 - 03.07.2009, Roundabout Art Gallery in Katowice during 15th International Theatre Festival A PART
- Unknown People, 1-31.12.2009, MDK Szopienice - Giszowiec
- Packages for human beings - fashion photography, 10-20.09.2010, Altus building Katowice
- The ancients names fragments - jewish cemeteries in the Silesian Voivodeship, 19.01 - 20.03.2011, Archdiocese Museum in Katowice
- Theater Painting of Light with Arkadiusz Ławrywianiec and Tomasz Jodłowski, 2002
- netARTeria - european review of computer and internet arts, 2004
- Homeless Gallery in Katowice, 2002 and 2004.
- Cultural grant from Marshal of Silesian Voivodeship, 2008, 2011 and 2014
- Cultural grant from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, 2012
Szopienice is a Katowice district, the city on the upper Silesia, in Poland. To 1960 it was independent. Szopienice founded as a village in 1360 and it was developed in the second half of the nineteenth century around the metallurgy industry. The civic rightist was given to it in 1951.
Upper Silesia to the thirteenth century, was part of the Polish. From the XIV it was in the Czech Crown. In 1742, it moved for the most part to the Prussia. Since 1870, together with Prussia have been it in the German Reich. In 1922, the south-eastern part of Upper Silesia with Szopienice was incorporated to the Polish. 1945 - Upper Silesia is in Polish and Czechoslovak borders.
I photographed Szopienice in the spring of 2003. Suggested me to do an exhibition in the local community center. As its subject I chose the people from the streets of the district of Katowice. I was rather well received. No one was aggressive towards me, but not always my job was accepted. The first pictures I did in March 2003, finished in May. The exhibition took place in June.
"These are photos of people that I met during my wanderings by the streets of Katowice in Poland. I photographed tired, busy people, on the way to and from work, street vendors, beggars, people waiting for the bus and those who are in no hurry: resting on a bench, smoking a cigarette, walkers, homeless. thoughtful, absent people. Also, those peering from advertising posters and shop mannequins. Old and young, women, men and children. I photographed them discreetly, without attracting attention, although I happened to have with them interesting conversations."