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26 September - 5 November


Photographic Snippets - an exhibition of selected photographs from the rich oeuvre of the recently deceased photographic artist Andrzej Baturo (16.05.1940-9.06.2017) - an outstanding representative of Polish reportage photography.

In the1970s, Andrzej Baturo made his name with a series of black and white pictures known as sociological and black reportage photographs. His works from that period form a poignant and beguiling catalogue of human vice, joys and sorrows, as well as absurdities of the communist period. The ‘70s was a time when his press photos found its way into major national newspapers and magazines.

Andrzej Baturo,First Drops, 1959,  from the art collection of Galeria Bielska BWA


Andrzej Baturo, Ruler Watches , from the cycle Warszawa – second half of the 1970s, from the art collection of Galeria Bielska BWA


Although his interest in sociological photography never waned, Andrzej Baturo moved on to focus mostly on landscape photography, especially mountains - a genre in which he developed true mastery. His other pursuits included publishing activities and organization of major photographic events. He was a member of the Association of Polish Photographic Artists (ZPAF), and the deputy chairman of the ZPAF Artistic Council in Warsaw.

In his final years, he became completely engrossed in the organization of the international FotoArt Festival - a biennale of world photography, which he co-founded with his wife Inez Baturo, an artist and photographer, curator of the B & B Photography Gallery co-run by the couple. Andrzej Baturo was the founder and long-serving chairman of the Photography Centre Foundation, which organized the festival together with the Municipality of Bielsko-Biała. He was the good spirit of the festival, an expert in all things "impossible to handle", and a role model for a host of young photographers and volunteers who helped with the festival organization.

As of this year, FotoArt Festival will be named after Andrzej Baturo.

The exhibition Photographic Snippets will accompany the 7th Andrzej Baturo FotoArt Festival.

The photographs for the exhibition have been selected by Inez Baturo.


Andrzej Baturo, Push It, 70.-80. XX century


Andrzej Baturo, From the photo reportage Drunk Tank


Andrzej Baturo, From the photo reportage Football Match Poland v. England, 1973


"The photograph was invented to record social realities. Over time, however, sociological photography began to be perceived as art; as did photojournalism, which achieved the same stature as reportage literature by, say, Ryszard Kapuściński or Hanna Krall. I feel at home in both genres. Actually, I've never been sure whether I'm more a journalist than an artist or the other way round. Anyway, back in the ‘70s, we were young and ambitious photojournalists working for the [student's] magazine itd [etc.]. We knew full well the value of the photo reportage, and with this on our minds took the Photographic Association and art galleries by storm. We enjoyed the support of the editors Krzysztof Mroziewicz and Zdzisław Pietrasik. We had in our fold a number of photojournalists of my generation, including Sławek Biegański and Krzysztof Barański, and some younger ones with Tomek Tomaszewski and Maciek Osiecki among them".
Andrzej Baturo, 50 lat z fotografią (50 years with photography), 2014, Galeria Bielska BWA



Andrzej Baturo, fot. Wojciech Plewiński

Andrzej Baturo was born on 16 May, 1940 in Vilnius, and died on 9 June, 2017 in Bielsko-Biała. Photographic artist, curator of the B&B Photography Gallery, founder and long-serving chairman of the Photographic Centre Foundation, organizer of Polish and international photographic events, expert of the Minister of Culture and Art for artistic photography. Chairman of the Artistic Board of the Association of Polish Photographic Artists.

This year, Andrzej Baturo's series of photo reportages has found its way into the prestigious exhibition Photojournalists currently held at the Museum of Photography in Kraków. The exhibition, which also features photographs by such artists as Sławek Biegański, Krzysztof Barański and Stanisław Ciok, is devoted to one of the most important phenomena in the history of photography - Polish reportage of the 1970s and ‘80s.

The exhibition presents photographs by 11 outstanding photojournalists whose works rank among the best in the world in the category of humanist photography.  

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