Art on show in Brighton and Hove & East and West Sussex
Saltham Barns presents the solo exhibition of Polish photographer Rafal Uniszewski. Rafal graduated in photography from the Academy of Fine Art in Poznan (Poland). His primary field of interest – black and white photography – is unusual in this hi-speed generation as Rafal uses only traditional materials such as films and fibre based silver prints and does all the work himself from capturing an image, developing it, through to the final presentation. Due to his passion and involvement in each step he gets unforgettable, award winning pictures. His most recent achievement was to be selected for the final exhibition of National Open Art Competition. Other achievements include an award in category “People” in a “B&W Photography” competition, 2008 Photographer of the Year also for “B&W Photography” and first prize in “Culture” category for National Geographic.
Rafal says of his work: ‘As a teenager I looked at my family albums for the first time. To witness my own history through those imperfect but honest pictures had a great influence on me. And so one day my brother showed me the magic of developing photos. A white sheet of paper in a liquid with an image appearing on it…This was unforgettable experience and is still as exciting to me now as it was when I saw it for the first time.
This persistent sense of excitement is why I have chosen to work only with traditional methods, coupled with my strong belief that analogue images have a unique and sensual quality. The way that light transfers from the photographed object onto photosensitive material can be compared to a fingerprint – something exceptional and unrepeatable. The limitation of two colours, black and white, is also advantageous from my point of view. This allows me to concentrate deeply on other aspects such as the content and form of the picture.
Mystery and the undefined are the elements I most treasure in my works. My goal is to capture elusive moments and share them without judgement. I don’t want to learn the secrets of my subjects.’
Rafal’s Uniszewski beautifully observed, meticulously hand-printed black-and-white photographs capture contemporary
subjects with timeless quality of another era.
“Rather mysterious, perfectly printed, and one-off in choice of subject matter…an unrepeatable moment deftly caught.” B&W Photography Magazine
The winner of several major international accolades, including First Prize in National Geographic’s annual photography
awards and Photographer of the Year in B&W Photography Magazine.
1997 Competition Winner MOK, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
1998 Graduate in Photography, Academy of Fine Art Poznan
1998 I Photographic Biennale, Poznan, Poland
2007 International Photographic Biennale II Award, Poznan, Poland
2007 Minister of Culture and Art Award in FIAP International Competition
2007 Competition Winner – National Geographic – Culture Section
2007 National Annual Award in Pacanow, Poland
2008 IV Warsaw Photographic Festival Final Exhibition, Poland
2008 Photographer of the Year B&W Photography Magazine
2008 Annual “Youth Photography” Competition – Final Exhibition
2008 “Confrontations” National Exhibition, Poland
2009 VI Photographic Biennale in Warsaw, Poland
2009 New Turn Magazine Article “Somwhere In Between: Introducing Rafal Uniszewski”
2010 Competition Winner – “Life is beautiful” Kielce, Poland
2011 Competition Winner – B&W Photography Magazine – People Section
2012 Portrait Salon night of simultaneous photos projections across the UK
2012 International Landscape Biennale
2013 Final Exhibition at National Open Art Exhibition, London
POLISH STILL LIFE Exhibition
November 12th-22nd 2015
Private View: Thursday, 12th November, 6pm -8pm
Saltham Barns, Saltham Lane
Runcton, Chichester PO21 1PU
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