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Living Legend: Polish Photographer Jerzy Lewczynski

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© Jerzy Lewczynski. Portrait of Zdzislaw Beksinski, 1959.
Photograph from the collection of the Museum in Gliwice.

One of the many delights of attending smartly curated photo festivals, such as the yearly Krakow Photomonth in Poland, is discovering a previously unknown (to me) genius. This year, I was knocked out by a wonderful retrospective of the wildly creative and experimental work of Jerzy Lewczynski, who was born in 1924, and was present and pleasantly talkative at the opening of his exhibition in 2012.

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© Jerzy Lewczynski. From the Negatives cycle, 1975.
Photograph from the collection of the Museum in Gliwice.

The retrospective is accompanied by a limited edition book, as well as a catalog that includes a great interview with the photographer. Lens Culture is honored to be able to share many of the images, as well as the full text of the interview (in Polish, as well as in an English translation).

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© Jerzy Lewczynski. Doors, 1970.
Photograph from the collection of the Museum in Gliwice.

Discovering this lifelong body of work all at once was really stunning. And I walked away with great appreciation for Lewczynski’s visionary sense of humor, respect for history and humanity, and love of the photographic image.

Finch & Ada present: Seven

Seven has always been a lucky number and the curators of Finch & Ada, Elizabeth Barragan and Kathleen Mahoney-Cobb, are using that figure to create a unique photography sale, which I am thrilled to be a part of.

They are only offering seven prints, with seven in each edition. The images were specially selected and sized, and the quality and authenticity are part of the curator’s obsession with details. If you select 3 images, there is superior value. Also a Collector’s Box Set is available while editions last.

Image by Aline Smithson

Image by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Image by Maciek Jasik

Image by Toby Burrows

Image by Jill Waterman

Image by Justin Walker

Image by Dolly Faibyshev

Finch & Ada are thinking outside the box, outside the traditional brick and mortar gallery, and are coming up with new, innovative ways to find collectors and supporters. They recently created a pop-up gallery in Chelsea to showcase, The Pleasure is All Mine, a terrific exhibition on happiness and joy that the photo world so sorely needed. It is a pleasure working with two such enthusiastic, hard working, and visionary curators. Now, get shopping!