“If his style is not strictly speaking humanist, his intention and his point of view are certainly guided by people, whom he considers above all else.“
If in every photograph there is something to see, in Tomasz Tomaszewski’s photographs there is much more. For him, good photographs are those that make you think. Tomaszewski’s photographs are primarily appealing because of their style and composition, especially the metallic black and white. They are elusive at first glance but certainly attract attention, or rather capture it. They require time and scrutiny to understand their content and, ultimately, to contemplate them to appreciate their full depth.
However, Tomasz Tomaszewski only captures reality. A photojournalist since 1976 – he notably covered Solidarność’s Poland -, he has toured the planet and his images have been published worldwide: National Geographic, Stern, Paris Match, Time, Fortune, Vogue, etc.
What are his golden rules? “To spend time on the subjects, don’t look at people as objects but as subjects, be able to feel sorry for them.” If his style is not strictly speaking humanist, his intention and his point of view are certainly guided by people, whom he considers above all else. “I am not looking for the truth because objectivity does not exist. What matters is to be motivated, honest, sincere and committed.” Whether he is covering the Burning Man festival in the United States, religious rites in the Philippines, dancers in a New Orleans nightclub or a funeral in Poland, he brings the complexity of reality to life with his sharp style. Better still, he represents the invisible by integrating the emotional and spiritual dimensions.
As he says himself: “Photography is a great tool to get to know the world and the best way to discover who I am.”
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