Black and white photographic portraits of famous Polish writers, artists, architects, actors, and directors
ROSPHOTO, in partnership with Polish Institute in Saint Petersburg, presents the project Polish Individualities by photographer Krzysztof Gierałtowski.
In 1972‒1995, Gierałtowski created an array of black and white photographic portraits of famous Polish writers, artists, architects, actors, and directors. In 2009, he carefully picked 44 photographs, which he edited and supplemented with short comments in Polish, English, French, and Spanish, telling personal stories of encounters with his models. The project, known as Polish Individualities, was carried out under the patronage of the National Library in Warsaw.
As the author puts it, “The idea of a portfolio encompassing my early black and white portraits was recurring in my daily life, despite my devotion to color, which has prevailed in my attitude to photography over the course of 21 years.”
Krzysztof Gierałtowski is a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers ZPAF and the Association of Authors ZAiKS; corresponding Member of the German Photography Society DGPh. In 2007, Minister of Culture of Poland awarded Krzysztof Gierałtowski with Gloria Artis silver medal for Merit to Culture. In 2013, the photographer received the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in Visual Arts.
His work was exhibited at art galleries in Europe, the USA, and Japan.
Archival Photography from Poland