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ANDREJ BALCO

Andrej Balco is based in Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his Master’s degree in photography from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, (Czech Republic). His work has been exhibited at the Prague House of Photography, the Leica Gallery (Prague), the Festival of Photography in Lodz (Poland), as well as in England, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland, Brazil and Japan. Andrej is the winner of a PhotoDocument.sk grant and a fellow of the IPRN Changing Faces international programme.

Exhibitions
Domésticas – Central European House of Photography / Bratislava, Slovakia (2012)
Domésticas – Leica Gallery Prague / Czech Republic (2008)
Domésticas – House of Photography / Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia (2008)

Awards
8th International Festival of Photography in Lodz – Special prize for the exhibition “Domésticas” at GRAND PRIX FOTOFESTIWAL / Poland 2009
Czech Press Photo – 1st prize in the “Portrait” category / Prague, Czech Republic 2007
Frame 007 – 1st prize in the “Dependence” category / Brno, Czech Republic 2007
IPRN – Changing Faces, photography commission / Rio de Janeiro – Niteroi, Brazil, 2006

Monographs
DOMÉSTICAS / House of photography 2008

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JAN BRYKCZYNSKI

Born in 1979, is a documentary photographer based in Warsaw, Poland. In his work he often focuses on rural regions of Europe. Jan graduated from the Faculty of Photography at the National Film School in Lodz. In 2014 he has published his first book “Boiko” on rural life in Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains followed by “The Gardener” book, published by Dewi Lewis.

Exhibitions
Boiko – Latvian Museum of Photography / Riga, Latvia (2014)
Boiko – Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland (2014)
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Awards
Syngenta Photography Award / The Professional Commission 1st prize winner / London (2013)
Voies Off Prize / finalist / Arles (2014)
European Month of Photography in Bratislava – Winner of the portfolio review, Slovakia (2012)

Monographs
THE GARDENER, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2015
BOIKO, self published, 2014

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ANDREI LIANKEVICH

Andrei Liankevich, photographer, lecturer and art manager, based in Minsk (Belarus). In 2004-2005, he studied at the Caucasus Media Institute in Yerevan. Andrei teaches a photography course at the European Humanities University in Vilnius (Lithuania). He has presented his photographic work at more than 60 exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Exhibitions
Pagan – FK gallery/ KIM, Contemporary Art Center / Riga, Latvia (2012)
“She has a female name”  – MUMOK, Museum of Modern Art / Vienna, Austria (2009)
“Ukraine – In search of national identity” – group exhibition / Noorderlicht Photogallery / Groningen, the Netherlands (2010)

Awards
Humanity Photo Awards 2009 / China
Magnum Expression Award 2009 – honourable mention / New York, USA
Andrei was among the 15 most influential artists of Belarus in 2000-2010 / Minsk, Belarus.

Monographs
Focus on Belarus / Swen Steinberg / Daniel K.W. Trepsdorf 2008
Pagan / self-published 2010

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MICHAL LUCZAK

Michal Łuczak works in Warsaw, lives in Katowice, and often draws on his Silesian roots. In photography, he concentrates on close-by, intimate and often seemingly trivial stories. He is a graduate in photography from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic) and in Iberian Studies from the University of Silesia (Poland).

Exhibitions
The White House – Pauza Club / Krakow, Poland (2009)
Nikisz – Lodz Art Centre (Fotofestiwal) / Lodz, Poland (2007)
Nikisz – Museum of Katowice History in Nikiszowiec / Katowice, Poland (2006)

Awards
The Magnum Expression Award – Honourable mention New York, USA (2009)
Mio Photo Award – Grand Prize / Osaka, Japan (2010)
BZ WBK Press Photo – 3rd prize in the “Civilisation” category / Warsaw, Poland (2011)

Monographs
Brutal / Michał Łuczak (2012)

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RAFAL MILACH

Rafal Milach (1978) photographer, book artist and curator based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice (PL) and the Institute for Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava, (CZ) where he currently lectures.

Exhibitions
7 Rooms – Brandts Museum / Odense, Denmark (2013)
7 Rooms – CO Berlin  / Germany (2012)
7 Rooms – Zachęta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw, Poland (2012)

Awards
World Press Photo – 1st prize in the “Arts and Entertainment” category / Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2008)
Pictures of the Year International – 1st prize for The Best Photography Book of the Year / Missouri, USA (2012)
Magnum Expression Award 2011 – honorable mention / New York, USA (2012)

Monographs
Black Sea of Concrete / Self-published (2013)
In the Car with R / Czytelnia Sztuki (2012)
7 Rooms / Kehrer Verlag  (2011)

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ADAM PANCZUK

Adam Pańczuk (1978) lives in Warsaw. In his work, he travels to wherever he can find an interesting subject. He attended the Warsaw School of Economics and studied photography at the Multimedia Communication Department, Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. In his projects, Pańczuk seems to be asking both direct and metaphorical questions about identity, consciousness and the attitude towards life of the people he meets along the way. His unique ability to tell gripping, yet intimate stories with images has to date won him many prestigious awards.

Awards
Pictures of the Year International – 2nd prize for a picture story in the “Portrait Series” category / Missouri, USA (2011)
Magnum Expression Award – 1st Honourable Mention / New York, USA (2009)
National Geographic Photography Contest – 1st prize in the “Culture” category / Warsaw, Poland (2006)

Exhibitions
Actors – Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USA (2011)
Karczeby – La Galerie Particuliere, Paris, France (2010)
Karczeby – Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2010)

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AGNIESZKA RAYSS

Agnieszka Rayss freelance photojournalist based in Warsaw, Poland. She received her Master’s degree in Art History from the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). She then switched to photography. Her interests include post-communist societies in their attempt to follow Western models, pop cultural aspects of the transformation, female and gender issues.

Exhibitions
American Dream –  Poznan, Warsaw (2011, 2012)

Awards
69th Pictures of the Year  – Award of Excellence in the “Portrait” category (2012)
68th Pictures of the Year – Award of Excellence in the “Sports” category (2010)
Hasselblad Masters Awards – finalist in (2009, 2010)

Monographs
“American Dream” / Instytut Profotografia, Poznan (2010)