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January 6-30, 2004

 

 

Jerzy Lapinski: "COLLECTIONS - LANDSCAPES"


Jerzy Lapinski, from „Collections – landscapes”, Mala Gallery, Warsaw, January 2004

AT FIRST sight photographs of Jerzy Lapinski seem to be very simple. He makes them systematically combining them together into series that he calls collections. These pictures contain a kind of understated infinity. It applies equally to his city photographs, he has been taking since many years, in which he registered wealth of details present in common things or in daily and routine behaviour of people and to his landscape pictures taken usually in mountain areas, e.g. in his beloved Sudety and Karkonosze Mountains. In case of the landscape pictures this impression of infinity is achieved by very disciplined composition of non-cropped frame in which he mostly emphasizes a sky part of the image. Apparently there's nothing happening in this sky. Grayness of clouds and their delicate diversity increases feeling of space, which is a decisive element in building the landscape composition.

Jerzy Lapinski creates his photographs not only when he is choosing carefully a next fragment of landscape and pressing a shutter - he also produces these pictures literally, in solitude of his darkroom. Through years of conscious, hands on practice he gained huge knowledge about seemingly simple subject of perfectly executed photographic print. This way an idea and its realization are linked together inseparably. Photogenic character of the photographs of Jerzy Lapinski is a testimony to the artist's respect for the tradition of photography, for its basic and seemingly universal principle of straight registration of a consciously selected fragment of reality. The fact that Lapinski has been consistently since years photographing in such a way endows his photographs with timelessness. It does not deprive them from being timely since these pictures posses all the features that decide about value, magic and impact of photography that is an art not only of looking but also of seeing.

Marek Grygiel


Jerzy Lapinski, from „Collections – landscapes”, Mala Gallery, Warsaw, January 2004

Jerzy Lapinski, from „Collections – landscapes”, Mala Gallery, Warsaw, January 2004

Jerzy Lapinski was born in 1954 in Warsaw. He travelled extensivelly around the world. He has been photographing since his high school times. In 1979 he graduated from the Institute of Printing of Warsaw University of Technology. In 1979 he founded, together with Piotr Login, the Hybrydy Gallery. In years 1979 - 1982 he was teaching photography at the Department of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 1977 Jerzy Lapinski has exhibited his works at numerous individual and collective exhibitions. He was delivering lectures on photography in the Lódz Higher State Film School and in the Department of Radio and Television of the Katowice Silesian University. Photographs of Jerzy Lapinski are in many private collections in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Sweden and USA. Since 1979 he is a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers and since 2002 a member of the Union of Polish Wildlife Photographers. The main subjects of his photography are landscapes, cityscapes, architecture and portraits. He specialises in black and white photography. In addition to his own creative work he also makes prints for leading Polish photographers.


Jerzy Lapinski, from „Collections – landscapes”, Mala Gallery, Warsaw, January 2004

Jerzy Lapinski, from „Collections – landscapes”, Mala Gallery, Warsaw, January 2004

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