Stefan Szczygieł. His photographic and film work

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Documentary photos for the Urban Panorama installation in the “Centrum” underground railway station in Warsaw in front of the Palace of Culture and Science. Urban Panorama I, 2007/2008, 5oo x 18oo cm.

Alongside inner cities Szczygieł was also highly interested in urban fringe areas and parks, i.e. recreation areas and places where city dwellers could relax in peace. By contrasting green areas on the fringe of cities and the man-made buildings in the city centres he created inevitable points of convergence and threw up many questions. “Urban spaces are not looking for pure “unwounded” nature, but their yearning for such things also resonates with the feelings of city dwellers”, he explained at a press conference at his first exhibition in Hamburg.
True, the photographer began work on his Urban Spaces project in his home city of Warsaw, but he quickly extended his horizons to the surrounding regions, and then to Danzig, Paris, Rome, Cologne and Hamburg.

Sometimes he ironically contradicted the clear strict architectural outlines of buildings with images of petty everyday acts of rebelliousness. A bent traffic sign in front of a new building, building rubble in front of a notable highlight, and graffiti scrawled on walls. Thus he hinted at traces of usage in the same way as in his Blow Ups.
In those years the precision in Szczygieł’s photographs was truly unique. Every detail was amazingly clear and sharp, so that viewers could even note the highly refined features in the background, and the micro areas in the images. It was as if he was inviting viewers to embark on a real journey of discovery through a picture puzzle. We can investigate the frozen city in peace and make a thorough study of the momentary snapshot, but also with a feeling that this moment will soon have passed and that life outside has simultaneously overtaken life in the exhibition room.

This way of working would not have been possible without the immense development of computer technology and digital potentials; and here Szczygieł made full use of computerised potentials. Sometimes this resulted in his being unable to complete his work until the following day, because computer capacities were much more restricted than they are now. Thus there was often a gap of several days between his finding the subject for his photographs, the moment of photography, the computer work and the final photogram. Furthermore Szczygieł continually intervened in the software and command processes in order to ensure clearly defined precise results, not forgetting his freedom of artistic expression.

Initially the exhibitions followed conventional formats; but as his work developed the formats grew ever larger.     

 

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  • Stefan Szczygieł

    Stefan Szczygieł

    Stefan Szczygieł, 2009 in Hamburg. Foto: Hinrich Franck
  • Coin

    Coin

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Coin“ (5 cents), Fotogramm, 200 x 200 cm
  • Silberdose

    Silberdose

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Silberdose“, Fotogramm, 200 x 260 cm
  • Blatt

    Blatt

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Blatt“ (Brosche), Fotogramm, 350 x 200 cm
  • Buch

    Buch

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Buch“ (Sammlung der Gesetz Verordnungen), Fotogramm, 230 x 200 cm
  • Latarka-Elekrodyn

    Latarka-Elekrodyn

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Elektrodyn“, Fotogramm, 250 x 200 cm
  • Feuerzeug

    Feuerzeug

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Feuerzeug“, Fotogramm, 200 x 300 cm
  • Guzik

    Guzik

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Guzik“, Fotogramm, 200 x 200 cm
  • Telefon

    Telefon

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Telefon“, Fotogramm, 200 x 260 cm
  • Taschenuhr

    Taschenuhr

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Taschenuhr“ (geöffnet), Fotogramm, 250 x 200 cm
  • Zorki

    Zorki

    Aus der Serie „Blow Ups“, 2001-2005, „Zorki“, Fotogramm, 200 x 300 cm
  • Warschau, Brücke

    Warschau, Brücke

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Brücke“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Hala Mirowska

    Warschau, Hala Mirowska

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Hala Mirowska“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Złote Tarasy

    Warschau, Złote Tarasy

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Złote Tarasy“, Inkjet Photo Print, 80 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Klostermauer

    Warschau, Klostermauer

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Klostermauer“ (Powiśle), Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 144 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Stadion

    Warschau, Stadion

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Stadion“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 200 cm
  • Warschau, Dach

    Warschau, Dach

    Aus der Serie “Urban Spaces”, 2005-2009, “Warsaw, roof”, Inkjet photo print, 110 x 100 cm.
  • Warschau, Saski Park

    Warschau, Saski Park

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Saski Park“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Ursynów

    Warschau, Ursynów

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Saski Park“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition Auflage: 10)
  • Warschau, Park

    Warschau, Park

    Aus der Serie “Urban Spaces”, 2005-2009, “Warschau, Saski Park”, Inkjet photo print, 60 x 170 cm (Edition: 10).
  • Warschau, Łazienkowska

    Warschau, Łazienkowska

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Łazienkowska“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 170 cm
  • Warschau, Przystanek tramwajowy

    Warschau, Przystanek tramwajowy

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Warschau, Przystanek tramwajowy“, Inkjet Photo Print, 100 x 240 cm
  • Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke

    Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Köln, Hohenzollernbrücke“, Inkjet Photo Print, 85 x 240 cm.
  • Köln, Hauptbahnhof

    Köln, Hauptbahnhof

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Köln, Hauptbahnhof“, Inkjet Photo Print, 100 x 230 cm
  • Köln, Museum Ludwig

    Köln, Museum Ludwig

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Köln, Museum Ludwig“, Inkjet Photo Print, 150 x 240 cm
  • Paris, Notre Dame

    Paris, Notre Dame

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Paris, Notre Dame“, Inkjet Photo Print, 95 x 240 cm
  • Paris, Louvre

    Paris, Louvre

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Paris, Louvre“, Inkjet Photo Print, 95 x 240 cm
  • Paris, Seine-Ufer

    Paris, Seine-Ufer

    Aus der Serie „Urban Spaces“, 2005-2009, „Paris, Seine-Ufer“, Inkjet Photo Print, 80 x 240 cm
  • Warschau, Urban Panorama I

    Warschau, Urban Panorama I

    Dokumentarfotos der Installation von „Urban Panorama“ an der U-Bahnstation „Centrum“ in Warschau vor dem Palast für Kultur und Wissenschaft. Urban Panorama I, 2007/2008, 500 x 1800 cm
  • Warschau, Urban Panorama II

    Warschau, Urban Panorama II

    Dokumentarfotos der Installation von „Urban Panorama“ an der U-Bahnstation „Centrum“ in Warschau vor dem Palast für Kultur und Wissenschaft. Urban Panorama II, 2007/2008, 500 x 1800 cm
  • Domek 08

    Domek 08

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 08“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • Domek 09

    Domek 09

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 09“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • Domek 10

    Domek 10

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 10“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • Domek 23

    Domek 23

    Aus der Serie „Domek“, 2007-2009, „Domek 23“, Inkjet Photo Print, 60 x 90 cm (Edition, Auflage: 5+3 e.a.)
  • ZEITFLUG - Hamburg

    ZEITFLUG - Hamburg, Video, 2008; 12:00 Min. Stefan Szczygieł. Courtesy: Claus Friede*Contemporary Art
  • ZEITFLUG - Warschau

    ZEITFLUG - Warschau, Video, 2009, 13:19 Min. Stefan Szczygieł. Courtesy: Claus Friede*Contemporary Art