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Niedenthal: Documenting History
October 29, 2010   
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Warsaw’s vV Gallery of Fine Arts has opened a special anniversary exhibition of Chris Niedenthal’s photographs to mark the internationally acclaimed documentary photographer’s 60th birthday.

The exhibition is entitled NN—Niedenthal Nieznany (Unknown Niedenthal). Niedenthal, who is of Polish descent and who was born and brought up in London, majored in photography at the London College of Printing. He came to Poland in the 1970s and has lived here ever since. His work has appeared in prestigious magazines and press publications including Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, Der Spiegel, Stern and Geo.

When he was working for Newsweek, Niedenthal took an iconic photograph of martial law in Poland. The Apocalypse Now picture was shot Dec. 13, 1981, in front of the Moskwa (Moscow) movie theater in Warsaw, which was screening Coppola’s Apocalypse Now film when martial law was declared. Another of Niedenthal’s famous photographs shows Pope John Paul II holding a baby with a red scarf on its head.

Photographs documenting political changes in Poland and its neighbors brought Niedenthal international acclaim. He took photos of Lech Wałęsa, the Velvet Revolution and then-Czech President Vaclav Havel and of the Berlin Wall. A portrait of Hungarian communist leader Janos Kadar on the cover of the Time magazine won him the World Press Photo award in 1986.

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Open through Nov. 30
vV Gallery of Fine Arts, 12 Obrońców Tobruku St.
tel. 22 616-26-26, www.galeriavv.pl
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