Saturday, January 16, 2010

People, Events, Changes, - 20 years of photography from Gazeta Wyborcza

Last week I visited the exhibition:
"People, Events, Changes, - 20 years of photography from Gazeta Wyborcza"


Gazeta Wyborcza or in English "Election Gazette" is Poland's second-largest daily newspaper, which began publication on May 8, 1989, under the motto: „There's no freedom without Solidarity". Its founding was an outcome of the Polish Round Table Agreement between the communist government of the People's Republic of Poland and political opponents centered around the Solidarity movement.


“In the first edition were to be found only two photographs. Continual technological advances have made it possible to now place in Gazeta high quality colour photographs made perhaps just a moment before going to press.
The growing significance of photography can be seen in the mosaic of over 6000 “Gazeta Wyborcza” front pages”.



The exhibition really surprised me. It is a multi-theme narrative of the last 20 years composed through the photos of the reporters of Gazeta Wyborcza. They present photos from all over the world: photo journalism, news photography, portraits and sport and fashion photos.




The authors write about their exhibition:
“20 years in 7305 days and over 6 thousand editions of Gazeta Wyborcza. Over this period, almost everything has changed. We have striven here to evoke the most significant events, to recall the people and places of our collective memory.
The exhibition has been divided into two main sections Poland and The World.
Over the lat 20 years, there have also been profound changes in the technology of photography. The beginning of the 90s is a time when a photographer might still use a roll of film on a given event. From this point on, photographic equipment has improved enormously, thus widening the potential for assess to an event, and making excellent quality of scanned and printed images the norm. From 2007 on, we can observe the unquestioned domination of digital photography.

This exhibition recounts the most recent history of photography and encourages reflection on the contemporary condition of the photo-reporter".
If you see all photos from the exhibition just click on link:
People, Events, Changes, - 20 years of photography from Gazeta Wyborcza or visit Upper Silesian Centre of Culture in Poland - exhibition is open only to January 31.


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  3. Looks like a really interesting place to visit. Thanks

  4. What a beautiful exhibition! And great photographs throughout your blog.

  5. It seems inevitable that newspapers are going to disappear, at least in the United States due to the influence of the internet. I wonder if the publishing industry is struggling in your part of the world too?

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