For over 20 years, I have sought to preserve the fragile moments in life with my work. These explorations have been triggered by impulses both personal and aesthetic. I arrived in the United States from my native Poland in 1981. I studied photography at Columbia College in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990. From my experience as an immigrant came a new reality, woven together by cultural similarities and differences. Photography felt like a universal language. Learning to speak English while learning about photography occurred in tandem. My photographic work includes documentary, journalism, portraiture and fine art. In 1990 and again in 1996, I assisted Bruce Davidson on assignments from National Geographic and Vogue. I was a visiting artist at Columbia College in 2001 and Loyola University in 2002. I have also taught photography for nonprofit youth organizations as well as privately. My photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, The Reader, In These Times, Excito!. Screen Magazine, New City, Newsweek, Real Simple, Time Out and various Chicago-based Polish media outlets. My work has been published in Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States. I have received the following awards: Individual Artist Support Initiative Illinois Art Council 2012, Artist Fellowship-Illinois Art Council 2007, Public Art Program commission 2002, Illinois Humanities Council Grant 2001, Chicago Cultural Affairs Grant 1997, Eddie Adams Workshop1995-Newsweek Photojournalist Award, Weisman Scholarship 1985/1986. I’ve also participated in numerous group exhibitions including Beyond the Veil at the Polish Museum of America in 2002, Catholic Chicago at Chicago History Museum in 2008 and Between the Lines of Beauty, Think Art Gallery in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Divine DisComfort at Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland in 1999 and Elmhurst Museum in 1998. The first body of photographs—EmbRace— dealt with biracial relationships and is a reflection of an on-going interest in cultural diversity. In 1998, I focused on portraying women in a series titled Divine DisComfort. Beyond the Veil documented the private life of nuns. Through the years I have continued to pursue my interest in spiritual communities. More recent work includes, Coptic in Chicago. In September of 2003, I opened DreamBox Foto Studio and DreamBox Gallery as a place that celebrates the diversity of overlapping cultures and provides exhibition space for emerging and established artists.
Entry description: Pinhole works like an inner impulse. The instinctive drive of unpredictability meets creative circumstances and what is imagined comes from light and time, without manipulations.