Adam Lach (born in 1983) is a photographer and author of short films. He creates works that concern social problems and socially excluded persons. Member of the Napo Images agency.
He was born in Poznań and lived for many years in Wrocław, where he completed the AFA Academy of Photography. There he created the materials An Apologia of Presence / Apologia obecności, which features photographs taken at a centre for the intellectually handicapped, and The Bermuda Triangle / Trójkąt bermudzki, a portrait of children living in one of the poorest districts of Lower Silesia.
Adam Lach is a long-term collaborator of Newsweek Polska. He also published his works in foreign magazines, amongst others in The New York Times and Le Monde. He has won a dozen or so awards at national press photography competitions (for instance at BZ WBK, Newsreportaż). His latest series concerning Roma living in Wrocław was distinguished at the international competition Picture of the Year International.
This author of reportages often creates portraits of places. He photographed amongst others a resort in Bulgaria, “the lost identity of Warsaw” and the economic crisis in Athens. The photographer also focuses on the lives of individuals (Different / Inna), although less frequently.
For many years Adam Lach has been realizing so called photocasts - short documentary works in which photography plays an important role. The subject matter of these works is often identical to the subject matter of his strictly photographic materials; the projections are complemented with fragments of interviews and short film sequences.
An agency co-founded by Adam Lach, which was created in 2008. The members of this agency were united by a passion for documentary photography. The reportage authors focus on realizing long-term projects, mainly social and political ones.
Stigma is a story about a large Roma family living in an encampment in Wrocław. At first Lach was preparing a material for the weekly Polityka, but he decided to tell more about these Roma after having gradually entered this community.
The photographs from this project were presented in various ways – a reportage was created, which was published by the media, an exhibition and an album were also created. The album, for the publication of which the author received funds from the program Młoda Polska organized by the National Centre for Culture, was launched at the Łódź festival Fotofestiwal 2014. Also in Łódź Lach’s exhibition submitted to the Grand Prix competition was distinguished. Filip Ćwik was the curator of this exhibition.
Read more about Stigma having been distinguished at POYI here…
Lach is more enclined to publish in the media, therefore his exhibition activity is irregular. He organized his last individual exhibition at the now defunct gallery Red Tree, where in 2011 he presented pictures from Moscow. “I hate Moscow and I love it at the same time. It’s a tough and toxic relationship” – said the author in the program “Rytm Miasta” broadcast by the television station TVN.
In the years 2010-2012 he was involved with the Institute of Journalism of the Warsaw University, where he lectured Press Photography and Photoreportage and New Media.
The author’s website: www.lachadam.com
The website of the agency Napo Images: www.napoimages.com
2011 – New Moscow / Nowa Moskwa, Red Tree Gallery – Warsaw
2006 – Presence / Obecność, Pankov Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2006 – Diary / Dziennik, Świdnica
2005 - An Apologia of Presence / Apologia Obecności, Wrocław
2004 – Meetings / Spotkania – The 2nd International Festival of Photography in Łódź
Selected group exhibitions:
2014 - Stigma – the Łódź festival Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, Poland
2014 – Houses Silver as Tents / Domy srebrne jak namioty, Contemporary Museum, Wrocław
2012 – Life on the Margin / Życie na Marginesie, The Old Gallery of the Association of Polish Art Photographers, Warsaw
2011 - Street Photography Now, GGaleria at the Museum of Printing, Warsaw
2011 – Life on the Margin / Życie na Marginesie, Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg
2011 – Contemporary Polish Photography / Współczesna Polska Fotografia, The Prague Biennale, The Czech Republic
2011 - Mapping the Flaneur Newcastle Arts Centre / Newcastle, England
2010 - East Side Story – Chroniques d’Europe The Polka Gallery/HSBC Gallery, Paris, France
2014 - Stigma