“Photography records reality. But is it objective rendition? After all it is us, the authors, who decide on the choice of its fragment. By confining it within a frame of a rectangle or square we give it a personal character because we deprive it of a wider context. It often happens that in our cropped image we can find some small elements that can change the original narrative. By cutting them off from their context we not only obtain a new story, but by enlarging a small fragment of the picture we change its artistic quality. A fierce document is transformed into a different, impressionistic image. The new quality draws us into a different reality, allows us to play with colour and sharpness, elements that cannot be manipulated in a document”. (Tomasz Sikora).
Tomek Sikora was born in Warsaw in 1948. In the 1970s he worked as a photojournalist for the “Perspektywy” weekly and collaborated with leading Polish graphic artists, creating film and theater posters. Author of several dozen individual exhibitions worldwide and 86 author’s publications.
Awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for achievements in artistic and creative work (2013).
Artist: Tomek Sikora
Curator: Henryka Milczanowska