Cinematographer and co-founder of 'Polish Film School' dies

Cinematographer Jerzy Wójcik Leszek Szymański/PAP

Cinematographer Jerzy Wójcik, a co-founder of the 'Polish Film School' who worked on some of the most famous Polish films of the 1950s and 1960s, died on April 3, in Warsaw. He was 88 years old.

His son, Tomasz Wójcik, informed PAP about the death of the artist.

Jerzy Wójcik was born on September 12, 1930, in Nowy Sącz, southern Poland. He graduated from the Cinematography Department of the National Higher School of Film, Theatre and Television in Łódź, central Poland, in 1955.

He began his professional career in 1956 on the set of the film 'Kanał,' directed by Andrzej Wajda, a Polish film director who would also become a prominent member of the Polish Film School.

Wójcik, in an interview with Stanisław Janicki ('Film' 1961), pointed out that "the basic elements in the operator's work are time, space and an element, I would call it, a material - an existence in space." "For me, the most important is observations of changes in matter over time. It's important how these changes take place, how a person changes, his character or attitude towards various matters. I don't care what the actor thinks - I need to see the materiality of what he demonstrates, to reflect the changes that occur at a given time in a given space," he noted.

In 2006, he published his book 'Labyrinth of Light.'