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Szymon Szczesniak

Szymon Szczesniak

Born in 1975 in Poland, studied at the Institute for Creative Photography (ITF) in Opava, Czech Republic.
He is mainly a commercial photographer working for advertising agencies
and most remarkable titles on Polish magazine market.
From 2008 Lecturer at Academy of Photography in Warsaw and Cracow.

In private he is inspired by everyday life. Both in commercial and author's work he is under a strong influence of abstraction and surrealism of the surrounding world. Images, cut out of reality in a humoristic way, are an alternative to the common documentary view. Images emphasized by using a medium format camera, a flashgun and a specific color range are classified by the author as the so-called supported reality.

I'm not afraid to ask someone to hunt, even if it would be a donkey. I'm trying not to interfere in peoples' lives, I ask them for permission if needed, if they say no I don't regret that. I don't want photography to make me tired and be something extorted. I intently observe and just in the last moment I'm taking the camera out. I'm not internally forced to take photographs, if everything comes about and I've got the camera with me, and there's nothing left except pressing the shutter, I do this. From the Czech school I have taken out great rudiments of a good document, but I have always been interested in pose portrait, I have been trying to connect in this photographs things I was taught with what I am. Abstraction in combination with seriousness of life gives pictures a distance and a bit of humor, without which I can't see myself as a photographer.”

Exhibitions:
 
 Port Autonome Gallery in Paris (2004)
 OBOK ZPAF Gallery in Warsaw (2006)
 Yours Gallery in Warsaw (2007)
 EGO Gallery  in Poznan (2009)
 MELON Gallery  in Warsaw (2009)
 House of Photography in Gliwice (2009)

Leica Gallery in Warsaw (2012)

Awards:
 
Grand Prix Pozytyw 2005
Chimera 2006
Golden Drum Shortlist 2008
KTR Silver medal 2008
Zloty Orzel 2008
Grantfront 2009 I prize
Grantfront 2010 I prize - Art Front
  

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Szymon Szczesniak, Into the Wild #6

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Szymon Szczesniak, Into the Wild #6

United States, California, 2011

Portraits and landscapes from the series Into the Wild , are the record of a trip through California, held by the artist in 2011. The photographs show the people and places they live in. They were taken mostly in nearly deserted settlements in California: Bombay Beach, Salton Sea, Niland, Death Valley, Ballarat, Slab City and Joshua Tree. Captured with digital 35 mm Leica M9 camera.

In the blinding sunshine, the devastated architecture of the nearly abandoned village looks like a movie scenography. A few campers and bungalows, without electricity, fresh water nor air condition. Small aggregation of the people having various reasons to stay here – escaping from the civilization, law, system or other private demons. Speaking of the past is prohibited here. It seems, that the time does not exists any more...

Szymon Szczesniak: I feel absolute admiration and great respect for these guys. Everyone has told me his story. Standing in front of my Leica he gave me the piece of his soul. I’m grateful for this. I hope that the trace of this emotional link between photographer and his subject can be seen on my pictures.

Photographs from the series Into the Wild  were presented in January 2012 in Leica Gallery in Warsaw.

Pigment print (Epson Ultrachrome K3) on archive, acid-free paper (300g). Dated, numbered and signedThe print bearing the signature of the author on the obverse or the reverse, in pencil or ink. Personality can also be glued on the reverse picture. by the artist on the reverse and stamped by the Gallery. With the certificate of authenticity.

Work available in two versions in different formats, editions and framing.

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SzSIW006
60 x 40 cm
7
Signed by an Artist
Digital, archival print
Passe-partout, 2-layered, white
1500.00 PLN
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SzSIW006.1
150 x 100 cm
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Portraits and landscapes from the series Into the Wild , are the record of a trip through California, held by the artist in 2011. The photographs show the people and places they live in. They were taken mostly in nearly deserted settlements in Cal...