She risks life and limb, and being collared by the long arm of the law to explore and capture in stunning photographs buildings long abandoned by people.
TFN meets Alexander Małachowski—alias Hashtagalek—a photographer with 24,000 Instagram followers and an uncanny eye for an urban snap.
Magdalena Bagiranow spent months crossing India and capturing dozens of beautiful portraits reflecting the cultural richness of the locals. She told TFN: “Creating a portrait that evokes a feeling, emotion or positive response from the viewer is what drives me but capturing connection with people is my greatest inspiration.”
The sky really ISN'T the limit for Maciej Margas and his partner, Aleksandra Łogusz. When every other photographer was content with standard drone shots, Maciej took to higher skies.
The five Poles will now battle for top placings in their categories. Their pictures will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards 2019 exhibition at Somerset House in London, after which they will tour the world in a mobile display.
Taken between August and December 2018, Niedenthal said: “I absorbed every street or inconspicuous building, I talked about them with the inhabitants. Some of the photos I could only do thanks to the directions of taxi drivers.”
Exploring Lublin’s rich cultural and architectural heritage, the book combines old black and white photographs with explanations in both Polish and English to guide the reader.
What started off as a hobby 15 years ago, last month turned into a fulltime business for the enthusiast.
It was during a surreptitious hunt for things to photograph that Niedenthal came across a scene outside the now-long-gone Moscow Cinema that would become his most famous photograph. An image that would soon ping around a world still trying to digest what was happening in Poland, and one that would become the defining image of martial law.
“Many pictures from the collection remain a puzzle; we don’t know who took them or where they were taken, and we know nothing about the people in them,” said exhibition curator Iwona Rosińska.