Wojciech Zamecznik

Photography in all its forms

Tuesday to Sunday, 11pm - 6pm
September 21, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Closed on December 25 and 26, 2016

Etude préparatoire pour l’affiche du festival automne de Varsovie, 1965 © J&S Zamecznik / Archeology of Photography Foundation

The Polish graphic artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923-1967) was an influential figure in the post-war Polish art scene. Working between 1945 and 1967, he is famous for his posters (more than 200), and his sphere of activity covered various fields: publishing (magazine covers, book designs), music (posters, album covers), cinema (posters, opening credits, films) and exhibitions.

Zamecznik soon became interested in photography and is considered a pioneer in combining the medium with graphics. The exhibition, organized in partnership with the Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, which holds the artist’s archives in Warsaw, is the first international presentation of his photographic work.

Curated after studying thousands of the artist’s phototypes, the project reveals his ceaseless exploration of the photographic medium. His work shows his interest in movement, speed and the conception of graphic and abstract forms. The exhibition comprises between 150 and 200 pieces. The selection presents his vast photographic production: from original silver prints to color productions in the form of projections. The negatives, preliminary tests, prints and contact sheets demonstrate the graphic artist’s creative process. Original posters, album covers and publications, along with his films, complete the collection and give an idea of the diversity of his work.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication devoted to the photographic work of Wojciech Zamecznik.


Anne Lacoste, Musée de l’Elysée, in collaboration with Karolina Puchala-Rojek, Presidente of the Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii.

Portrait de Wojciech Zamecznik, 1955 © Juliusz & Szymon Zamecznik / Fundacja Archeologia Fotografi

Affiche de la « semaine du cinéma polonais » organisée par la Cinémathèque suisse, 1962 © Juliusz & Szymon Zamecznik / Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii

Affiche inédite « La Musique Polonaise », 1963 © Juliusz & Szymon Zamecznik / Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii


The preparation of the exhibition was partly financed from the funds of the Polish Ministry of Culture.

The exhibition presented at the Musée de l'Elysée was made possible with the precious support of the Landis & Gyr Foundation.


Exhibition catalogue

Wojciech Zamecznik: Photography in all its forms

Under direction of Anne Lacoste.
Contributors: Karolina Puchała-Rojek, Agnieszka Szewczyk and Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska.

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