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Berlin: Bogdan Dziworski

September 22, 2018 - December 21, 2018

Bogdan Dziworski, Łódź 1966, photo



Galerie Hilaneh von Kories shows from 22nd September 2018 the exhibition “Blende f/5.6 –BrightMoments” by the filmmaker Bogdan Dziworski.

Bogdan Dziworski’s images belong in the canon of Polish postwar photography. The black and white shots embody the classic approach to analogue shooting and tell divers stories. Images present daily live of ordinary people: young and old, pretty and ugly, sometimes while working and other times while enjoying their leisure activities.

Being a cinematographer and filmmaker, Bogdan Dziworski often misguides a viewer, leading him to impression that his shots are in fact movie frames that bring us back to the aesthetics and point of view of Polish Film School including works of Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Jerzy Has or Janusz Morgenstern that represented modern tendencies in Polish cinema of a second half of the 20th century. Habits and a point of view taken from his profession make Dziworski a perfect observer of life and a sensitive reader of divers human behaviours. He captures reality with photography with ease and effortlessness. His images grasp Walter Banjamin’s phenopmenon of the aura presented in the philosopher’s publication “A Short History of Photography”. As a result, each picture tells a miniature story – an anecdote that’s either poetic, or amusing.

The work of Bogdan Dziworski is not only a street photography, a simple reportage from the second half of the 20th century. It is a consistently continued project with a huge emotional charge that the artist follows for decades. Dziworski’s photographs also have a strong historical and cognitive potential.

Many of the images from the long lasting visual project have not seen a light of day for many years. Photographer’s first publication “My View”, was released in Vienna in 1981. The next book containing Dziworski’s work was created only in the 90s. During that time, his work was also being displayed on intimate exhibitions in various polish cities: Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, Czestochowa.