13 December 2006

Gruppo F inbox: bus stop

©Ulla Larsson


Apocalypse Now, © Chris Niedenthal

Apocalypse Now at "Moscow" Cinema – beginning of state of war in Poland – December 13th, 1981. This picture is an icon of this dark era in Polish history. 
Photo by the courtesy of the Author - Chris Niedenthal, especially for the F Blog today.

Chris Niedenthal – British photographer who has chosen living in and photographing Poland. Cooperated with Newsweek, Time, Der Spiegel, Geo, Forbes and others. Awarded by many prices, also by World Press Photo ’86.

State of War in Poland - 25th anniversary

A dark era in Polish history

25 years ago on Sunday 13th of December communistic junta directed
by general Jaruzelski announced martial law in Poland. The darkest era
in modern Polish history cost the life of many people, many of others
were imprisoned and tortured, all of the nation was oppressed and
humiliated for years (officially until 1983 – unofficially until 1989).

This difficult time was documented in photography by brave people as
Krzysztof Raczkowiak and many others – risking their life.

Krzysztof Raczkowiak documented “events in Lubin” (31.08.1982) when
the government used fire arms against the manifestation of Solidarity.
Three of the participants were killed, many injured. More here:

© Krzysztof Raczkowiak

The picture which could have been the be the last –
the third officer from left fired his gun a few seconds
aiming at the photographer – he missed…not much…
© Krzysztof Raczkowiak

Four people are running trying to rescue the
deadly injured Michal Adamowicz.

© Krzysztof Raczkowiak

© Krzysztof Raczkowiak

Crimes like this, and many others from the terror regime were not confronted
with justice until now. Thanks to those pictures maybe one day those who were
shooting and killing will be held responsible.

Krzystof Raczkowiak continues documenting the crime in Lubin, he collects
all of the informations (which you can find on the site http://www.lubin82.pl/,
if you have any information to share, please contact him at kr@lubin82.pl

/Marcin Górski

Invited guest: Richard Gustafsson

Two brothers. One father. Gustaf, the younger brother, was introduced to photography by his older brother, Richard. Richard, in turn, was introduced by his father. A male lineage.

Among male photographers, this seems to be a very common story. What, exactly, is being inherited? The image-worlds of Gustaf and Richard, for example, are far apart, yet they share a common ancestry. Photography is only a method: the means to do something. It seems to be completely different factors shaping the content, the motives, the compositions. Something much more complex than ancestry: life. No less, I would argue.

In Richard's photographs we see lots of life, lots of experience. They are documents we all can relate to. As parents, daughters, sons, relatives, friends, etc, we often wish to have made the thousand-word portraits of the people close to us. Richard, in trying, comes very, very close.

In his own words:

Eight years ago I came across some pictures my father had taken. Pictures of our every day life in the mid-1970s. Apparently he was quite a good photographer, always carrying his camera with him, taking pictures of everyone and everything, documenting his family and friends. But I was horrified to hear how he by mistake threw away all his negatives and most of the prints. Now, I am trying to follow in his footsteps, trying to repeat what he accomplished. I will save my work, though.

Gustav and Richard Gustafsson have their own blog, Ollad av Tengil.

Invited by Joakim Sebring.


© Jeanne Wells

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