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Cinematographer, director of documentary films, photographer. Author of cinematography for Baby Bump and The Erlprince, director of Freestyle Life and House on Its Head.

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Paulina Ołowska’s Alphabet, photo: courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures

Which artists most influenced culture in 2016? Whose works were presented at the most prestigious events, and who had the greatest retrospectives in the most important museums? Here’s the list of the Polish artists you may have heard about in 2016.

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Summer in the City by Mikołaj Długosz, 2016

Modernist architecture, a guide to Polish São Paulo, and a legend of the Polish Poster School – all this and more in Culture.pl’s guide to the best English-language Polish art books to come out in 2016.

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One side of the cover of Under Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra & Daniel Mizieliński, 2016, photo: promo materials

Stuck for Xmas present ideas? How about a beautiful book on Polish cuisine, a board game set in an alternative 1920s, or a photo album showcasing a star of the Polish Poster School? These items and more are among Culture.pl’s pick of potential Christmas gifts that’ll bring a bit of this year’s Polish culture to your loved ones, even the non-Poles.

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Wojciech Zamecznik, Self-portrait, around 1949, photo: © J. i S. Zamecznik / Archeology of Photography Foundation

The exhibition Wojciech Zamecznik: La Photographie Sous Toutes Ses Formes is now on display in the Musée de l'Elysée – one of the most important museums of photography in the world. The exhibition runs until the end of this year.

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Wojciech Zamecznik: Photo-graphics, photo.: courtesy of the Zachęta - National Gallery of Art

The first complex compilation of works of one of the greatest representatives of the Polish Poster School.

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Photographs from the first complex compilation of works of one of the greatest representatives of the Polish Poster School.

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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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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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Selected photographs from Emulsion published by Archeology of Photography Foundation, 2015. The album comprises texts reflecting on materiality of photography by Marta Przybyło-Ibadullajev and Sławomir Sikora, and introduction to conservation and restoration of photographs by Monika Supruniuk.

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Still from the film House on Its Head (Wojciech Zamecznik – Dom na głowie). In the photo: Wojciech Zamecznik, source: promotional materials

House on Its Head is based on film footage from Wojciech Zamecznik's private archive, selected and interpreted by Adam Palenta. The nineteen-minute film presents private life hand in hand with the artistic one.

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As many as five Polish films made it to this year’s edition of the Visions du Reel festival.

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Following the release of VeryGraphic. Polish Designers of the 20th Century – a compilation of information on contemporary graphic design, which is unprecedented in its scope – we would like you to meet 18 remarkable designers, who have redirected the track of Polish applied art.

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The National Museum in Krakow is to present an exhibition - Andrzej Wajda's Film in International Film Posters - prepared by the Cinematography Museum in Łódź for the 60th anniversary of the director's feature debut, A Generation.

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The Archeologia Fotografii (Archeology of Photography) Foundation was founded in 2008 as an answer to a growing need for compiling and popularizing the oeuvre of great Polish photographers, whose archives are kept by their families. So far, the Foundation has been granted protection over seven archives of the following photographers: Zbigniew Dłubak, Zofia Chomętowska, Wojciech Zamecznik, Janusz Bąkowski, Jerzy Lewczyński, Maria Chrząszczowa and Tadeusz Sumiński. When the Foundation begins its works on an archive, its staff signs a few-year contract with the artists’ family, on the basis of...

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