Since 2009, photographers Łukasz Gawroński, Maciej Kulczyński, and Rafał Placek have turned the inspiring interiors of Wrocław’s Monopol hotel into a studio for photo portraits of directors hosted by the New Horizons festival.
The results of their photo shoots feature at the Helios cinema in large-format prints in an exhibition updated daily throughout the festival. The project, which began as a record of unique encounters, has in a few short years grown into a massive photography archive.
Starting with this year’s edition of the festival, all the portrait photo shoots by Łukasz, Maciek and Rafał will be available for viewing online on the festival website.
Łukasz Gawroński, pop culture photographer. His portrait series of Polish celebrities are commissioned by top magazine and his work has appeared on press and book cover pages, as well as music albums and theater posters. His photographs have been exhibited at the Polish Cultural Institutes of Stockholm and Prague, the National art Gallery in Sopot, Warsaw’s Fabryka Trzciny, Gdansk’s Opera Bałtycka and Teatr Muzyczny Capitol in Wrocław. In 2010, at the Polish Pavilion at the World expo in Shanghai, he presented ‘Poland Smiles’, a portrait series of Polish culture personalities.
Rafał Placek, special assignment photographer. He received his initiation into the secrets of the trade at the Katowice Film School. His favorite themes are the visual cultures of industry and business. He creates portrayals of initiatives that shape reality and of the people whose passion drives transformation.