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Passion for Photography
January 28, 2015   
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Photographs by Wiktor Franko, one of the hottest names in Polish fashion photography, are on show at the Nizio Gallery in Warsaw’s Praga district.

Hailing from Kielce in south-central Poland, the young photographer is a graduate of that city’s Jan Kochanowski University, where he majored in Polish studies. After graduation, Franko chose a totally different career and headed for London to pursue his passion for photography.

While there, he mostly took photographs of jazz musicians and has since specialized in both artistic and commercial photography. His work has been featured in a number of collective and individual exhibitions. His photographs are regularly printed in Polish and foreign photography and fashion magazines, including Poland’s Foto, Britain’s Prism Magazine and Oppa Magazine, Italy’s Fashion World Magazine, France’s Cleptafire, America’s Papercut Magazine and China’s Prime Magazine. Franko has won prizes at prestigious photographic competitions and his trophies include two Viva Photo Awards. He also took promotional pictures for the eighth and ninth Fashion Week Poland events and for posters advertising the Off Fashion European competition for fashion designers.

Franko takes traditional portraits in black and white as well as abstract and conceptual photographs. An avid fan of classic photographic techniques, he takes his pictures with Polaroid, mid-size analogue and Lomo cameras. His photographs are often said to have a “painterly” quality about them, an effect Franko obtains through post-production methods of his own design. He says that photography is all about the atmosphere, the mood and a sense of surprise.

Until Feb. 28
Nizio Gallery; 3/4 In¿ynierska St.
Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
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