Museum of Printing, Warsaw: Street Photography Now

Maciej Dakowicz, photographs from the series "Cardiff After Dark", 2009, photo courtesy of the artist

Street Photography Now. Street Photography Here And Now

Warszawa,  19.11.2011 – 15.01.2012

The Museum of Printing in Warsaw presents a total of 150 photographs – the biggest presentation of street photography in Poland so far. The works of over 30 of the world's best street photographers, selected by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren. The exhibition is also accompanied by a presentation of works by Polish street photographers.

Street photography is in fact a report. It can also be a memorial snapshot, or one taken straight from a family album. It does not need to be taken in the city, in the street – it can as well be shot in the depth of a forest, or in the middle of nowhere. Nowadays this photographic trend – certainly documentary and totally true, although sometimes it's hard to believe – is a strong attraction for the photographers from all over the world.

Capturing amusing moments of the daily life, catching people red-handed and at moments of oblivion, pointing out absurdities – this is what street photographers do. The spectators can laugh, can see a haiku-like concise story, but most of all they have the pleasure of looking at scenes which they pass in the streets. Common. Everyday. Unnoticeable when they occur.

The works have been selected by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, authors of an album on street photography "Street Photography Now" and the exhibit is based on their highly popular album. It is also accompanied by a presentation of works by Polish photographers.

Maciej Dakowicz's photos represent realistic but unflattering portraits of the night life in Cardiff. Photographs by one of the most popular Polish photo-reporters, Tomasz Wiech, combine observation with sensitivity, a sense of humour with seriousness. Many photos can be described as "anecdotal" – because often they are absurdly ridiculous scenes "of city and village life".

Artists: Christophe Agou, Narelle Autio, Maciej Dakowicz, David Gibson, Bruce Gilden, Thierry Girard, Andrew Z. Glickman, Siegfried Hansen, Nils Jorgensen, Martin Kollar, Jesse Marlow, Jeff Mermelstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Mimi Mollica, Trent Parke Martin Parr, Gus Powell, Mark Alor Powell, Paul Russell, Otto Snoek, Matt Stuart, Ying Tang, Nick Turpin, Alex Webb.

Polish artists: Michał Adamski, Piotr Bułas, Kuba Ceran, Rafał Chojnacki, Damian Chrobak, Maciej Dakowicz, Kuba Dargiewicz, Tomasz Desperak, Mariusz Forecki, Magda Galas, Wojciech Grzędziński, Robert Jaworski, Anna Kłosek, Piotr Koszczyński, Kacper Krajewski, Włodzimierz Krzemiński, Tomasz Kulbowski, Adam Lach, Marek Lapis, Nel Lato, Tomasz Lazar, Jerzy Łapiński, Michał Macioszczyk, Zbigniew Marczewski, Bartosz Mateńko, Michał Mentel, Szymon Michna, Krzysztof Miller, Paweł Olejniczak, Krzysztof Panek, Kacper Pempel, Marcin Płonka, Bart Pogoda, Przemysław Pokrycki, Paweł Piotrowski, Rafał Rafalski, Paweł Repetowski, Sylwester Rozmiarek, Piotr Rygielski, Tomasz Rykaczewski, Katarzyna Sagatowska, Mateusz Sarełło, Rafał Siderski, Michał Skrzypczak, Konrad Smolak, Agnieszka Sym, Szymon Szcześniak, Tomasz Szerszeń, Jacek Szust, Przemysław Wajerowicz, Jan Wajszczuk, Aleksander Wasilewski, Magdalena Wdowicz-Wierzbowska, Tomasz Wiech, Andrzej Wiktor, Artur Alan Willmann, Światek Wojtkowiak, Mateusz Zgliński, Paweł Głogowski, Bartek Wrześniowski and Jarek Zuzga.

The exhibition is organised by the Fundacja .DOC and The Museum Of Printing In Warsaw and in cooperation with Third Floor Gallery from Cardiff, University of Wales in Newport and with the Thames & Hudson publishing house.

It is accompanied by meetings and workshops with artists, portfolio reviews, workshops for youth and outdoor photography in the streets of Warsaw.

Vernissage – 19 November 2011 at 19:00.
The exhibition runs until the 15th of January 2012.

Galeria Muzeum Drukarstwa Warszawskiego w budowie (Gallery of the Museum of Printing in Warsaw Under Construction)
ul. Marszałkowska 3/5
Warsaw

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