|About the Artist:
Janusz Lesniak, member of Union of Polish Art Photographers (ZPAF), has worked as a camera operator in television. He used to lead photography courses for young and adults and give lectures on collectors photography on Frycz Modrzewski University in Krakow. As a commercial photographer he specializes in architecture and nature photography. His photographs have been published in numerous albums and books.
He created first images containing his shadows in his early years as an artist (1964-1977). A true turning point in Lesniak oeuvre was the decision, made in 1985, to focus exclusively on creating works described by the term lesniaks, an essentials element of which – conveying complex content – was the author’s shadow.
Since 2007 he has been working on the continuation of lesniaks – a new series called Mandalas. Since 2013 he has been creating artistic films about how his shadow comes into being in space.
He has participated in many individual and group exhibitions in Europe, both Americas and in Japan.
Work in selected collections: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Hudson, Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, Canadian Museum of Civilisation in Gatineau/Ottawa, Museum of the History of Photography in Krakow, Museum of Art in Lodz, National Museums in Wroclaw and Krakow.