Photographs as Documentation of Current Dilemmas

Photographs as Documentation of Current Dilemmas

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Marek Janczyk

Museum of the History of Photography, Kraków

June 3, 2011

Center for Urban History, Lviv

The gathering invites people to reflect on how photographers and the images created by them are helping individuals interpret their surroundings and themselves. If one could catch at least some of the many perspectives and interpretations found in various photographs, then one could probably fully embrace the complexity of this topic. The situation requires introducing  historical and contemporary examples that can anchor and interpret reality:  from its presentation by conceptual creation through the new principles of doubt ingreality, in order to compare general opinion, skills, and habits to that  which can be found hidden in the photographs of carefully selected motifs. Where is the boundary between the visible and the invisible? What is real and what is an illusion? It is only when we ponder such questions that we get a chance to become active participants of reality.

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Marek Janczyk

is an Art Historian, Photographical Historian, and graduate of the Uniwersytet Jagielloński. He heads the Department of Photography in the Museum of the History of Photography in Kraków, is the currator of numerous monographic and collective exhibitions, and of various events and institutions including: the 3rd Biennale of Polish Photography in Poznan, 2003, The Month of Photography in Kraków, 2004, Galeria ZPAF (Society of Polish Art Photographers) in Kraków, 2005-2006, and the Kraków Decade of Photography festival in 2004 and 2006. He lecture don the history of photography in the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Photography in Kraków; currently he lectures at the Pedagogical University of Cracow and at the Uniwersytet Jagielloński. His articles on photography and painting can be found in the catalogue of exhibitions in the following renowned journals: Kwartalnik Fotografia, Art & Business, Camer@Obscura, Exit, Biuletyn Fotograficzny, and Architektura & Biznes.

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Сover Image: Julian Dorosh. New Year's holidays in Lviv, 1960s. Collection of Andriy Dorosh / Urban media archive