Poland

Vintage: Trams in Poland (1930s)

Vintage: Trams in Poland (1930s)

In 1927, a privately owned light rail line called EKD was built, connecting several neighboring towns with the center of Warsaw using electric railcars similar to trams, only larger and more massive, with frequent stops and tracks running along the streets in city; however the system was incompatible with the Warsaw trams as it used standard gauge tracks while the…
Vintage: City Life in Poland (1959) by Gerald Howson

Vintage: City Life in Poland (1959) by Gerald Howson

In 1959, Gerald Howson was sent to Poland by The Queen magazine. He was supposed to come back to England with photographs depicting the Cold War reality. This inconspicuous Englishman who did not speak any Polish packed two Leica cameras in his backpack along with a portable darkroom. His journey began in Lublin, continued to Krakow, and ended in Warsaw.…
Vintage: Trams in Poland (1920s)

Vintage: Trams in Poland (1920s)

The history of tram transport in Poland dates back to 1866 when a 6-kilometre long horsecar line was built in Warsaw to transport goods and passengers between the Vienna Railway Station and the Wilno and Terespol stations across the Vistula River. This was in order to circumvent limitations imposed by Russian authorities, which prevented the construction of a railway bridge…
Vintage: Traffic control in occupied Poland (1940-1941)

Vintage: Traffic control in occupied Poland (1940-1941)

Under the terms of two decrees by Hitler (8 October and 12 October 1939), large areas of western Poland were annexed to Germany. These included all the territories which Germany had lost under the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, such as the Polish Corridor, West Prussia and Upper Silesia, but also a large area of indisputably Polish territory east of these…
Interview with photographer Alicja Brodowicz

Interview with photographer Alicja Brodowicz

How and when did you become interested in photography? I became interested in photography a few years ago. I started photographing my daughter. Later, I completed a course in a local cultural centre. A friend of mine convinced me that I should apply to the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava in Czech Republic. I did that and now I…
Biography: Polish pioneer photographer Maksymilian Fajans

Biography: Polish pioneer photographer Maksymilian Fajans

Maksymilian Fajans (1825–1890) was educated in the Academy of Fine Arts and Parisian studios of local artists and was initially interested in drawing and lithography. In 1862, he became intrigued by the more and more trendy invention of photography. He was a portraitist and a documentarian. As a photoreporter he captured the – often now destroyed – developments of Warsaw:…
Interview with Nude/Portrait photographer Milosz Wozaczynski

Interview with Nude/Portrait photographer Milosz Wozaczynski

Fine-art, nude and portrait photographer. Born in 1975 in Szczecin, currently living in United Kingdom. Self-taught photographer. In his work he mainly engages in portraits and creative photography. He usually uses large format camera with classic photosensitive materials but also x-ray films. The winner of a golden medal award in the Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3 and a laureate…
Vintage: Poland during Interwar period (1918-1939)

Vintage: Poland during Interwar period (1918-1939)

The History of interwar Poland comprises the period from the re-recreation of the independent Polish state in 1918, until the joint Invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939 at the onset of World War II. The two decades of Poland’s sovereignty between the world wars are known as the Interbellum.
Biography: Nude Advertising photographer Szymon Brodziak

Biography: Nude Advertising photographer Szymon Brodziak

Szymon Brodziak, born 1979 in Poland. Specializes in unconventional black and white advertising campaigns with personal approach. Brodziak is an economy graduate taken over by passion for photography. After quitting family business, he worked in various advertising agenies, assisting in fashion and advertising shootings, which today are his main fields of professional activity. Since 2006, Szymon Brodziak has obtained many…
Interview with Nude photographer Radoslaw Pujan

Interview with Nude photographer Radoslaw Pujan

How and when did you become interested in photography? It was about 10 years ago when I started taking pictures. At the beginning it was only holiday photos, later landscapes and portraits of my friends. I felt there was always something missing in my photography. I had an impression that the images I have created already existed. They looked like…
Josef Koudelka – Invasion 68 Prague

Josef Koudelka – Invasion 68 Prague

In 1968, Josef Koudelka was a 30-year-old acclaimed theatre photographer who had never made pictures of a news event. That all changed on the night of August 21, when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending the short-lived political liberalization in Czechoslovakia that came to be known as Prague Spring. In the midst of the turmoil of the…
Warsaw’s First Photographers. Beyer, Brandel, Fajans

Warsaw’s First Photographers. Beyer, Brandel, Fajans

Portraits of 19th-century Warsaw, captured by three pioneers of Polish photography – Karol Beyer, Maksymilian Fajans and Konrad Brandel – are to be exhibited at Ks. Jan Twardowski square until 18th October, 2015. The exhibition will showcase the oldest photographs of Warsaw, primarily showing the Royal Route – from Three Crosses Square up to Castle Square and the area of…
Interview with Photojournalist / Documentary photographer Tomasz Lazar

Interview with Photojournalist / Documentary photographer Tomasz Lazar

Born 1985 in Szczecin, Poland. An independent photographer, a graduate of the West Pomeranian University of Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology. Winner of photography contests in Poland and abroad (e.g. the Sony World Photography Award, the International Photography Award, BZWBK Press Photo, Grand Press Photo, Lumix Festival for Young Journalism, Grand Prix at Photo Festival in Łódź).…
Biography: Architecture photographer Jan Bulhak

Biography: Architecture photographer Jan Bulhak

Jan Bułhak (1876–1950) was a pioneer of photography in Poland and present-day Belarus and Lithuania, and one of the best-known Polish photographers of the early 20th century. A theoretician and philosopher of photography, he was among the most prominent exponents of pictorialism. He is best known for his landscapes and photographs of various places, especially the city of Vilnius (then…
Interview with Large Format / Landscape photographer Roman Loranc

Interview with Large Format / Landscape photographer Roman Loranc

I am a native of southwestern Poland and was born in Bielsko-Biala in 1956 during the communist era there. When I was 26, I immigrated to Madison, Wisconsin (1982) and moved from there to Modesto, California in 1984. Much of my earlier better-known photographic work was created in California’s Central Valley when I lived in Modesto. I moved to Northern…
Biography: Nude photographer Waclaw Wantuch

Biography: Nude photographer Waclaw Wantuch

Waclaw Wantuch (born 1965) is a Polish photographer mostly known for his Nude work. Graduate of the Cracow Academy of the Fine Arts; graphics artist and art photographer. His an author of the books Krakow (2001) and Akt (2003). He lives and works in Cracow, Poland. Website: www.waclawwantuch.com
Interview with Black and White Cityscape photographer Martin Stavars

Interview with Black and White Cityscape photographer Martin Stavars

Martin Stavars was born in 1981, Poland. He specializes in black-and-white cityscapes, landscapes, and night photography. He and his camera have visited more than twenty countries, with Asia holding a key spot. His work has been showcased in numerous international competitions, and he was named “Architecture Photographer of the Year” at the International Photography Awards in New York; he also…
Biography: Tomasz Gudzowaty

Biography: Tomasz Gudzowaty

Tomasz Gudzowaty (born in 1971) is a Polish photographer best known for his large format photographs. Gudzowaty studied law at the University of Warsaw. He began his photographic career with nature photography, later turning to social documentary. For the past few years he has focused on sports photography and is particularly interested in non-commercial sports – those that are exotic,…
Biography: photographer Eustachy Kossakowski

Biography: photographer Eustachy Kossakowski

Eustachy Kossakowski was born in 1925 into old Polish nobility. His grandfather Stanisław Kossakowski (1837-1905), was one of the founders of the Photographic Society in Warsaw and was the author of approximately sixty large albums of photographs showing life in the country manor in Lithuania at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The collection is…