Wojciech Plewiński is one of the most significant Polish photographers of the postwar period. A versatile photographer of eclectic range and omnivorous inquisitiveness, he has, over the course of a career spanning more than half a century, established himself as an accomplished portraitist and fashion photographer, as well as an auteur who produced a striking documentary record of the Polish theatre. Yet a significant segment of his work—his narrative photojournalism—has never been shown to a wider audience.
Having embarked upon a multiyear project dedicated to the preservation of Plewiński’s vast private archive, the Foundation for Visual Arts (Krakow Photomonth organiser) now presents Wojciech Plewiński: Fervent Curiosity, a landmark retrospective consisting of some three hundred photographs (both original and modern-day prints) supplemented by primary-source material. Curated by Wojciech Nowicki, who has developed an intimate working relationship with the photographer in the course of examining his archive, the exhibit is an attempt to portray Plewiński from a slightly different angle than before: as a distinguished documentary photographer.
The exhibition, which has been displayed at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, has gathered crowds. Viewers, interested in the additional activities, had a chance to participate in number of accompanying events: the premiere of the newest issue of the “Przekrój” magazine, workshops: on the photography edition or for children, a photographic walk following the footsteps of the photographer. The photo-documentation of the events you’ll find on the fanpage of Foundation for Visual Arts on Facebook.