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Pigeon house on Brzeska, 2016, photo: Elena Golosiy

Warsaw’s Praga is a city within a city. Although Praga is actively being built up and renovated, neglected alleyways with dilapidated houses, merely functional at best, can scare away the hapless passer-by. Culture.pl took a walk along Praga's famous Brzeska Street, never deviating, and tried to capture its essence to share with the world.

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Photograph from 11.41, photo: Michał Łuczak, courtesy of the artist

11.41 is a photographic and literary story about the tragedy that happened in Armenia in 1988. It is the story about a huge catastrophe and preposterous beauty hidden in details.

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Photo from the series 7 Rooms, Rafał Milach

The following Polish photographers distinguish themselves from the field with their breath-taking documentation of life in the 21st century.

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Michał Iwanowski, photo by Dragana Jurisic

Photographer born in 1977 in Wrocław. Lives and works in Cardiff, Wales. His works focus on the problem of memory and its relationship with photographic image. In 2009, he received an Emerging Photographer Award from the Canadian Magenta Foundation.

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Selected photographs from four projects by Michał Iwanowski: Minus the Mother, Clear of People, Fairy Forts, and NE.

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Zofia Rydet’s portrait, photo: courtesy of the Zofia Rydet Foundation/ www.zofiarydet.com

Images by the photographer, spanning across all of Poland and taken for a period of 20 years, reveal the interiors of Polish homes, the objects in fashion, and what was considered valuable by people in the late 20th century.

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Cover of the book 317 Days to Mars by Maciej Jeziorek, photo courtesy of the artist

The album consists of 121 colourful photographs taken in New Dehli between 2013 and 2015. What at first sight seems a chaotic collection of images from the Indian capital, after a closer look reveals itself as an editorial masterpiece.

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Maciej Stępiński, photo by Arkadiusz Scichocki/Agencja Gazeta

Photographer, painter, filmmaker, and installation artist. Stępiński was born in 1972 in Warsaw. He is based in Arles, France and Warsaw.

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photo: Andrzej Kramarz, courtesy of the author

A documentalist, concentrated on intimate stories and his closest surrounding. He comes from Katowice and often appeals to his roots. He graduated from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava and Spanish studies at the University of Silesia.

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Cover of the book Kapitał w słowach i obrazach (Capital in Words and Images) by Wojciech Wilczyk, 2002 / 2004, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Before Wilczyk became one of the major figures in contemporary Polish photography, he belonged to a group of the most promising poets, the so-called “Brulion generation.” Kapitał w słowach i obrazach (Capital in Words and Images), published together with Krzysztof Jaworski, is the most mature and artistically interesting product of those times and that environment.

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Selected spreads from the book Kapitał w słowach i obrazach (Capital in Words and Images). Photographs: Wojciech Wilczyk, texts: Krzysztof Jaworski, graphic design: Wojciech Wilczyk, publisher: SFS Publishing Company, Kielce (Polnische Versager Verlag & Pigasus Polish Poster Gallery, Berlin), 2002 (2004).

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Cover of the book Mały człowiek (Little Man) by Zofia Rydet, 1965, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

The uniqueness of Mały człowiek (Little Man) results not only from the quality of its photographic material, assembled over the course of more than ten years by a then still little known photographer from Gliwice, but also from Wojciech Zamecznik's involvement – one of Poland's most original graphic designers of the mid-20th century.

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Zofia Rydet's photographs from the book Little Man, comprising over 140 photographs of children. The photographs were taken between 1952-1963 in, among others, Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Egypt. It constituted the first photographic series of the forty year old artist, who would later become one of the major Polish photographers.

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Selected sprads from the photobook Little Man (Mały człowiek). Photographs: texts: Alfred Ligocki, Janusz Korczak, graphic design: Wojciech Zamecznik, publisher: Arkady, Warsaw, 1965.

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Cover of the album Kazimierz nad Wisłą w 1931 roku (Kazimierz on the Vistula in 1931) by Jerzy Benedykt Dorys, 1979, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Kazimierz nad Wisłą (Kazimierz on the Vistula) by Jerzy Benedykt Dorys is a seminal yet unusual photo publication.

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Selected spreads from the album Kazimierz nad Wisłą (Kazimierz on the Vistula). Photographs: Jerzy Benedykt Dorys, text: Romuald Kłosiewicz, graphic design: Henryk W. Piekarniak, publisher: Visual Arts Studio, Warsaw, year of publication: 1979.

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Cover of Oświęcim-Brzezinka Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1972/1973, photographs: Adam Bujak, 1972-1973, photo; www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Despite the simple, blatant title, Adam Bujak's album is not a topographical documentation of the concentration camp's grounds but a kind of metaphorical, symbolic, and emotive portrait of the place.

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Cover of the book Dola i niedola naszych dzieci (Life's Ups and Downs of Our Children), 1938, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

One of the few Polish photo publications expressing authentic social engagement, devised by a group of activists and members of leftist opposition, instead of the state authorities.

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Cover of the photobook Warszawa 1945 (Warsaw 1945), photographs: Leonard Sempoliński, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

This book is more than just a document – it is a suggestive creation of an image of a ruined city that had a powerful impact on the collective memory and was cultivated by the propaganda of the Polish People's Republic.

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