09 September 2009


While watching one of the books published by Museum in Gliwice I came across photographs that I'd been fascinated with at one of the Museum's exhibitions - "Silesia in Old Photographs".
Exhibition (organized in a cooperation with Silesian Museum in Gorlitz) took place in 2007 and was really representative for old silesian photography - containing portraits (these studio ones, as well as outdoor portraits), industrial views, historical moments in a region, some everyday life situations, etc.
Tree photographs taken by Wilhelm von Blandowski - one of the most famous photographers in the end of XIX century in Gliwice, are showing three bricklayers in a very contemporary way! - that's the thing that somehow shocked me.

Wilhelm von Blandowski "Three Bricklayers", 1864 1 - They were going to work. 2 - They came during work. 3 - After work. (Photographs from the collection of Museum in Gliwice)

Until I saw these photographs I'd been thinking about concepts in photography as something that was domain of art in XX and XXI centuries. When photography was invented there were some attempts of showing movement - so they were photographing one thing or a person like "one shot after another" - some "series" had been created, but concept like "before and after"...
Here we have some very contemporary example:
Nicolai Howalt's photographs of young boxers, taken moments before and moments after their matches.

Marcin, I'm posting on ur birthday!


marcin górski said...

von Blandowski's works are simply wonderful, wielkie dzięki Dziecko :)

Jan Buse said...


And i love the Photos