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As a result of an earthquake which took place at 11.41 (hence the title) in Armenia, 514 thousand people lost their homes, 33 thousand were injured, 25 thousand lost their lives and 917 buildings were damaged.  Michał Łuczak, Filip Springer. Published in 2016.

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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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photo: Krzysztof Eberle, courtesy of the artist

What can be read from the landscapes that we pass through every day? Why is it worth photographing the view from a window, yet not worth getting used to the visual violence on the walls? What hidden message does the tree in a neighbour’s back garden send?

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Centerfold from the book Random Selection by Magda Buczek, graphic design by Emilia Obrzut (Obszar Roboczy), 2016, photo: Eliza Dunajska and Max Zieliński

In the modern era of digitalisation one may think that the fate of traditional books has already been sealed, but in photography the situation looks completely different. Thanks to new means of financing artistic projects, such as crowd funding, an increasing number of artists finish their projects with book publications. Culture.pl presents the best of them.

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Cover of the book Miejsce odległe / Distant Place, 2012, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

Miejsce odległe (Distant Place) – an original publication initiated by the Warsaw-based Copernicus Science Centre, is an attempt at returning to the Vistula's river bank.

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Selected sprads from the book Miejsce odległe (Distant Place). Photographs: Jan Brykczyński, Michał Łuczak, Rafał Milach, Adam Pańczuk, Agnieszka Rayss, texts: Jacek Kopciński, Krzysztof Koehler, Dawid Bieńkowski, Zyta Rudzka, Krzysztof Rutkowski, Michał Walczak, graphic design: Ania Nałęcka, publisher: Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Warsaw, 2012.

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Photograph from the Brutal series by Michał Łuczak

Michał Łuczak’s award-winning Brutal photography series will be displayed outside his native Poland for the first time in London’s Doomed Gallery from 5th to 8th November 2015.

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Photographs from the Brutal series by Michał Łuczak. The photos were on display at the Czytelnia Sztuki's gallery in Gliwice in early 2014.

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Works by Michał Łuczak a documentary photographer and member of the Sputnik Photos collective.

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New Europe – Albania, photo: Łukasz Trzciński

The fall of the USSR, political and economic transformations of former soviet republics and satellite countries, settlements – all of these events motivated Polish photographers to travel East across the Bug river. What kind of images did they come back with? And how has photography itself evolved, since then?

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The photographic collectives Sputnik Photos and NOPHOTO are working on a joint project concerning Poland and Spain. A publication and exhibition will showcase the results of their cooperation.

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On 1st March, 2014 in Utrecht (NL), Sputnik Photos will open their largest event to date, consisting of three exhibitions on Central-Eastern Europe.

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Mateusz Sarełło, a photo from Swell, photo: press materials

It is never easy to talk about love. There is banality and pretentiousness round every corner. There are, however, authors who can balance successfully on the border of beauty and kitsch. Mateusz Sarełło is certainly one of them.

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Agnieszka Rayss (b. 1970) - freelance documentary photographer, art historian by education. Member of the Sputnik Photos collective. She is interested in the influence of the globalized pop culture and Western social patterns on the societies from Central and Eastern Europe. She has received numerous awards, including Pictures of the Year International, Grand Press Photo, Newsreportaż, BZWBK Press Photo, and a two-time finalist in the Hasselblad Masters Competition.

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Dobosz. Photography Book, photo courtesy of the artist

Culture.pl presents the first part of our review of photo books released in the past year.

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