Wojciech Plewiński
Ordinary girls or embarras de richesse
10th september 2011
to 22nd september 2011
The show will be the first presentation in Poland in exhibition form of Wojciech Plewiński's historical illustrative material for the weekly Przekrój. In the second half of the 1950s Przekrój became famous for its covers photos of young women, Marian Eile, the editor-in-chief, wanted to move away from the era's dominant socialist-realist iconography, where women were stereotypically presented as war heroes or tractor drivers. Their new image was borrowed from popular Western magazines and became a new face of the regime's liberal propaganda of the 'Thaw' era after 1956. Wojciech Plewiński was a flagship author of those images, for several decades prowling the streets in search of 'ordinary girls' who combined charm with modern looks.

What beauty canon did women of the People's Poland era adhere to? And consequently, in the context of the feminist revaluations initiated in the 1970s and the current dictates of beauty, what can these photographs tell us about the woman's image in contemporary society?

06.09.2011 19:08:40

(born 1928 in Warsaw) lives and works in Cracow. After dropping out of sculpture studies at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts, he studied architecture at the Cracow University of Technology, graduating in 1955. Rather than practicing his learned profession, he took up photography, becoming a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers (ZPAF) as early as in 1957. Co-founder, with Zbigniew Łagocki and Wacław Nowak, of the informal collective Domino. Long-time collaborator of the Przekrój weekly (some 500 covers by 1990). A precursor of Polish fashion and advertising photography, he pioneered and for many years dominated the ‘cover girl’ genre. Author, from 1959, of photographic documentations of over 700 shows at various Cracow theatres (Rapsodyczny, Stary Teatr, Teatr im. J. Słowackiego), including legendary stagings by Konrad Swinarski, Józef Szajna, Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Jarocki, Krystian Lupa.

He has shown his works in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His photographs are in the collections of major institutions such as the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź or the Muzeum Narodowe in Wrocław. Recipient of numerous awards, e.g. 1st Prize for Press Photography in Warsaw (1959); Gold Medal at the Theatre Photography Triennial in Novi Sad (1968, 1971); Medal for Old People in Madrid (1969); 1st Prize for Pope John Paul II in Poland photo essay (1979).

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Wojciech Plewiński
Agness
1965
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Wojciech Plewiński
Beata Tyszkiewicz
1965
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Wojciech Plewiński
Przekrój, nr 2226, 7.02.1988
1988
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Wojciech Plewiński
Przekrój, nr 710, 16.11.1958, cover
1958
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Wojciech Plewiński
Przekrój, nr 919, 18.11.1962, cover
1962
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