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Half a Century Through a Lens
February 23, 2012   
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A selection of almost 150 photographs taken by press photographer Aleksander Ja這si雟ki are featured in an exhibition entitled Journeying with Feet Planted Firmly on the Ground: Aleksander Ja這si雟ki’s 50 Years of Press Photography, on display at the History Meeting House in Warsaw.

Ja這si雟ki, born in 1931 in P這ck in central Poland, is one of Poland’s finest press photographers. He started taking pictures in the 1950s and landed his first press job in 1957. He went on to work for the most popular Polish newspapers and magazines and over several decades built up a huge collection of hundreds of thousands of photographs which together form a multi-faceted picture of communist Poland.

“Press photography is essentially about realism in a major way,” according to Ja這si雟ki. His photographs at the exhibition reveal behind-the-scenes details of the work of a photojournalist in communist Poland, delivering a unique picture of an era gone by. Through the eyes of Ja這si雟ki, visitors to the exhibition can see how the country and its people changed over several decades. The photographs feature some of the “great socialist projects,” including industrial plants and mines, Poland’s provinces and villages, and portraits of Polish artists, writers and politicians such as Solidarity leader Lech Wa喚sa, journalist Ryszard Kapu軼i雟ki and writer Jerzy Andrzejewski. Alongside celebrities, the photographs feature “ordinary” people busy with their everyday lives.

Until May 20, History Meeting House
Warsaw, 20 Karowa St., Free admission
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