Photographer born in 1980. A computer scientist by education and a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. In 2001 he decided to turn his hobby of making photographs into his profession.
Photographer, graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology.
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He published his first photos in newspapers in the USA, where he worked for a certain time. In 2003 he became a photojournalist of the Polish daily “Super Express”. As an employee of this periodical he won the main prize at the prestigious Grand Press Photo contest in 2007: the title “Photo of the Year” was given to a black and white picture by Nabrdalik, which showed the former prime minister of Poland, Mr. Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, riding away in a car after the politician lost the election race for mayor of Warsaw.
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“After I won the award for ‘Photo of the Year” in 2007 I decided to invest in myself. I spent the whole summer on workshops led by Antonin Kratochvil” – Nabrdalik reminisced in an interview for the Digital Camera Polska magazine.
Meeting the known Czech photojournalist, who is a member of the international agency VII, proved to be worthwhile. As a result of this encounter Nabrdalik is presently the only Pole among the 23 photographers employed by this agency. VII is famous for its photo’s quality. In 2005, only 4 years after the agency was created, the firm’s team was ranked third in the “Top 100 in Photography” list of the well-known magazine “American Photo”.
Just as the other members of VII, Nabrdalik doesn’t follow formal trends, he doesn’t use showy tricks and he doesn’t choose shots that stir emotions easily. His measured compositions are an effect of long-lasting, often many-year-long work. In an interview for the magazine “Wysokie Obcasy” he mentioned that:
I can’t walk into somebody’s home and say “please sit down I’m going to take a photo now”. I don’t want to tell stories from the position of someone who wants to illustrate his omniscience. I take on the perspective of a searcher. I work on a topic because it constitutes a riddle, a nonobvious fragment of reality. I’m captivated by true human stories, emotions.
The photographer often works on serious topics. He is the author of a series showing Polish Catholicism – he documented the emotions of people participating in large religious ceremonies, he also photographed local events linked to rites and holidays. Nabrdalik also captured the emotions of Poles after the Smolensk catastrophe. With his camera in hand he accompanied the former prime minister Jarosław Kaczyński during the politician’s presidential campaign in 2010.
In 2012 he created a series of portraits of people participating in beauty contests for transsexuals. He photographed Chernobyl and the area surrounding that town on many occasions. He once said:
I think that in a certain sense a large part of our generation is ‘tainted’ by Chernobyl.
Nabrdalik photographed the deserted zones surrounding the plant, but he devoted most of his attention to the inhabitants of those areas, to those who participate each year in the Memorial Day ceremony out of longing for the land they had to abandon – but also to the former employees of the plant, who are trying to lead normal lives in Slavutych, a town to which many were relocated just after the catastrophe.
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Nabrdalik photographed a floating village in Cambodia and the party in Times Square in New York, which took place after Barack Obama was elected president. Most of his projects however focus on Central Europe. The project Irreversible took on the form of an album which features a collection of portraits and written records of conversations with former prisoners of concentration camps. The photographer became interested in this topic after he worked on a series of photographs that revolved around the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim. Nabrdalik mentioned in an interview for “Wysokie Obcasy” that the tales of the guides from the museum were horrifying, but didn’t make him understand the nightmarish realities of life in a death camp. It was then that he decided to contact former death camp prisoners and acquaint himself with them. He realized the project with his wife – he made the photographs, she talked to the heroes. The records of these conversations are an integral part of the project Irreversible, which was created in the span of 4 years.
Presently he is working on a series showing the life of a family with many children and on a story about the contemporary youth. Apart from making projects that require concentration and an ability to interact with people, Nabrdalik realizes also purely commercial commissions. After all, it is hard to make a living just out of making elaborate, social photo-reportages…
In 2014 he was awarded with a sceond prize in the World Press Photo Contest in the Contemporary Issues – single image category for his photo entitled Nicolette. It depicts a young girl sitting in the corner of the meeting room of an orphanage in Warsaw, Poland. Her mother was serving time in prison for stealing electricity, and her father was not considered fit to take care of his children on his own.
Maciek Nabrdalik was not the only Polish photographer awarded in this World Press Photo Contest 2014...
- 2nd award in the Contemporary Issues – single image category; World Press Photo
- 3rd award in the Portrait Series category; Pictures of the Year International
- 2nd award in the Environment - Photo-Reportage category; Grand Press Photo 2013
- 2nd award in the Portrait – Photo-Reportage category; BZWBK Press Photo
- 2nd award in the Environment – Photo-Reportage category; BZWBK Press Photo
- Ryszard Kapuściński Award of the Polish Press Agency
- Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant; France
- HM in the Enterprise Picture Story category; The Best of Photojournalism
- 1st award in the Civilisation Picture Story category; BZWBK Press Photo
- 1st award in the Road to Office Picture Story category; The Best of Photojournalism
- 1st award in the category: The Road to Office; The Best of Photojournalism
- 1st award in the Feature Picture Story category; Pictures of the Year International
- 2nd award in the People – Photo-Reportage category; Grand Press Photo
- 2nd award in the Everyday Life category; Grand Press Photo
- 2nd award in the Portrait- Photo-Reportage category; BZWBK Press Photo
- distinction in the Civilization Photo-Reportage category; BZWBK Press Photo
- 3rd award in the Portrait Series category; The Best of Photojournalism
- 1st award in the Portrait – Photo-Reportage category; Grand Press Photo
- 2nd award in the Sport Photo-Reportage category; BZWBK Press Photo
- nominated for the NY Photo Awards at the New York Photo Festival
- Grand Prix – Photo of the Year; Grand Press Photo
- 1st place in the Events category; Grand Press Photo
- 2nd place in the Event of the Year category; Press Photography Competition
Author: Anna Cymer, November 2013
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