In this edition of The Debrief, we’re in the central city of Bydgoszcz for the annual vintage photo festival.
Rather than focusing on soldiers and their equipment, the 90-plus photos by award-winning photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz show mainly civilians: women, children, refugees, volunteers.
Taken at the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, Tomasz Szpila’s hypnotic photo was awarded ‘Category Winner’ in the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2022 competition’s Wild Portraits section. Two other Polish photographers were also award runner-up in the Landscapes and Under 16s categories.
Using a mobile app to calculate the exact time a picture was originally shot, the complex process involved Marcin Dziedzic having to account for weather, light and angles before being able to successfully overlap the parallel worlds of then and now.
Eclectic, mercurial and eccentric, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz known to the world as Witkacy, was a versatile artist, philosopher, writer, photographer and penetrating critic of civilization whose vices included alcohol, drugs, and women.
In this episode of The Debrief, we’re down in Kraków to check out the latest exhibition at the Museum of Photography.
Found hidden in a shoebox by the soldier’s grandson, the majority of the 69 previously unseen photographs in the collection depict the life of the German occupiers in Lublin, showing amongst others their daily work, life in the barracks, integration events and walks through the city.
Organized by the National Institute of Remembrance (IPN), the project, titled ‘Trails of Hope; the Odyssey of Freedom’, was originally undertaken to mark the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the operation that saw both civilians and soldiers evacuated from the USSR as part of the so-called Anders Army.
Taken largely in the satellite towns and villages outside of the Polish capital, the images evoke a range of emotions and are defined by their sincerity and sensitivity.
Captured through the lenses of 80 Polish and Czech photographers, the collection entitled ‘Karkonosze. Photography 1945-2021’ was the culmination of two years of research and collaboration with local and national institutions in the Jelenia Góra region, Wrocław and Czechia.