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Pictures That Kick You in the Face
December 7, 2012   
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The work of Polish photographer Władysław Sławny is on display until March 31 at the History Meeting House in Warsaw. Sławny’s World: 1950s’ Warsaw, Poland and Europe in Photographs by Władysław Sławny is the first exhibition of his work to date.

Władysław Sławny (1907-1991), who headed the photographic department of the now-defunct ¦wiat magazine, made a major contribution to the emergence of photojournalism in postwar Poland. But his work has since largely been forgotten and his photographs have never been shown in an exhibition. Most pictures on display at the History Meeting House were taken in Warsaw, showing the life of officials and ordinary citizens in the 1950s.

Sławny took some of his most remarkable photographs while working at ¦wiat, especially between 1955 and 1957. The magazine was shut down in 1969 after its editor-in-chief Stefan Arski refused to publish anti-Semitic articles. The magazine’s archives were then lost without trace, apparently taken away in trucks and dumped.
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