In Czesław Czapliński’s work, I appreciate his focused, concentrated, reflective seriousness. Art requires you to treat it seriously, art requires you to respect its principles – Czapliński’s extraordinary original work is a confirmation of this eternal truth … – freshness, juiciness and color
(Ryszard Kapuściński – writer)
Czesław Czapliński is a world-renowned artist, photographer, journalist and author of documentaries. Born in 1953 in Łódź. He has been living in New York and Warsaw since 1979. The author of 43 albums and books, many documentaries, he had over 300 photo exhibitions, incl. at the “Zachęta” National Art Gallery in Warsaw, the Art Museum in Łódź, the National Museum in Warsaw, the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, as well as in New York, Chicago, Nice, Moscow, London, Munich and Brussels.
During 40 years of his career, he photographed the most famous personalities from the world of business, culture, politics and sports, among them we can find figures such as Muhammad Ali, Maurice Béjart, Leonard Bernstein, Bernardo Bertolucci, Cindy Crawford, Oscar de la Renta, Catherine Deneuve, Placido Domingo, Umberto Eco, Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Calvin Klein, Jerzy Kosiński, Luciano Pavarotti, Paloma Picasso, Roman Polański, Isabella Rossellini and Andy Warhol. Czapliński’s photos have been published all over the world, for example in the magazines “The New York Times”, “Time”, “Vanity Fair”, “The Washington Post”, “Newsweek”, “Twój Styl”, “Sztuka”, “Viva” , “Rzeczpospolita”
“It so happened, in which my mighty nose played a significant role, that I was one of the most photographed private persons in Poland. But in this plethora of photos the portrait taken by you is the best. The photographer can set himself two tasks: to capture the external resemblance of the model as effectively as possible and – a more ambitious goal – to transfer his psychophysical personality to the photograph. You did both very well “
(Jerzy Waldorf – writer)
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