Presentation

Karczeby is a part of larger work on Polish villages, focusing on the relationship between human being and nature and on the essence of humanity in relation to the earth. Project presents the people living in villages, their strong devotion to the land and respect for nature. It also shows how hard work is converted into the farmers dignity. In a dialect spoken in the east of Poland, which is a mixture of Polish and Belarusian, Karczeb is a vernacular word for people strongly connected to the land they cultivate.

A Karczeb is also called a stump with roots still stuck in the ground after the tree has been cut down. It refers metaphorically to the problems these people have experienced with various aggressive authorities, who have tried to eradicate or dislocate them in the past.
However, they still stand tall on their land. And when a Karczeb farmer's life comes to an end, he is buried in his soil, but his children or grandchildren remain on the land to continue the tradition of their ancestors.

Adam Panczuk was born in 1978. He is a graduate of University of Economics and Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan  Faculty of Multimedia Communication. He traveled through Asia from Middle East to Siam taking photos.
He is now working on a project depicting the transformation of Polish village. His focus is on the relationship between human being and nature and on the essence of humanity in relation to the earth, the seasons, and passing away and birth as inseparable elements.
Adam Panczuk is a receiver of many awards, just to mention a few:
2009 PhotoEspana (PHE), OjodePez Award for Human Values, Finalist 2009 BZ WBK Press Photo, I prize for picture story in category Portraiture 2009 Grand Press Photo, I prize for picture story in category People 2009 Sony World Photography Awards, Finalist in category Fine Art Portraiture 2006 Newsweek Poland Photo Awards, II prize for picture story in category Culture 2006 National Geographic Photography Contest, I prize in category Culture 2004 Photographer of the Year 2004 BBC News, Finalist in category Street life 2004 Photo Festival in Lodz, I prize in Deciding moment contest.

 

Biography

Born in 1978 in Poland

Education


Graduate of University of Economics and Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan

Solo Exhibitions


2011
- Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USA
- "Karczeby", BOK, Bialystok, Poland

2010
- "Karczeby", Daegu Photo Bienale, Korea
- "Transphotographiques" festival, Lille, France
- "Petites poésies rurales", La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
- "Karczeby", Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland


Group Exhibitions

 

2012
- "Distant Place", Pavilion 512, Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw, Poland
- "IS(not)", Sirius Arts Center/ Cork, Ireland

2011
- "IS(not)", GGF / Gdansk National Museum / Gdansk, Poland, B&B Gallery / Bielsko Biala, Bochenska Gallery / Warsaw, Photoport Gallery / Bratislava, Sloavakia, LA Art Museum / Hveragerdi, Iceland

2009
- "Magnum Expression Award", winers exhibition, Jackob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, USA


Awards

2011
- First prize in the People category at the Grand Press Photo, Poland
- Second prize for picture story in category Portrait Series in "Pictures of the Year International 68" (Portraits from the Hidden People project)

2009
- Magnum Expression Award - 1st honorable mention
- Lens Culture International Exposure Awards - Honorable Mention Award
- PHotoEspana (PHE) OjodePez Award for Human Values - Finalist
- Sony World Photography Awards - Finalist in category Fine Art Portratuire
- BZ WBK Press Photo - I prize for picture story in category Portratuire
- Grand Press Photo - I prize in category People

2008
- BZ WBK Press Photo - II prize for picture story in category Civilisation

2007
- Polish Press Photography Contest - I prize for picture story in category Art and Culture
- Grand Press Photo - Finalist in category People
- BZ WBK Press Photo - II prize for picture story in category Society
- BZ WBK Press Photo - III prize for picture story in category News
- Grand Press Photo - Finalist in category People

2006
- Newsweek Poland Photo Awards - II prize for picture story in category Culture
- National Geographic Photography Contest - I prize in category Culture
- Series Photography Contest - Grand Prix
- Grand Press Photo - Finalist in category People

2005
- Newsweek Poland Photo Awards - II prize for picture story in category Daily Life

2004
- Photographer of the Year 2004 BBC News - Finalist in category Street life
- Photo Festival in Lodz - I prize in "Deciding moment" contest


Grants

 

2011
- Polish Ministry of Culture grant for Sputnik Photos

2010
- EEA & Norway Grant for Sputnik Photos
- European Cultural Foundation grant for Sputnik Photos

2007 - Young Poland, Grant of the Ministery of Culture, Poland

Bibliography (publications)


- Distant Place / collective book by Sputnik Photos 2012
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Stand By / collective book by Sputnik Photos 2012
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IS(not) / Collective book by Sputnik Photos 2011
- OyodePez/ Private Magazine/
- National Geographic/ Newsweek/
- Dziennik/ Polityka/ Foto/ Gazeta Polska


Collections

 

- Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art / Japan
- Private collections

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Karczeby is a part of larger work on Polish villages, focusing on the relationship between human being and nature and on the essence of humanity in relation to the earth. Project presents the people living in villages, their strong devotion to the land and respect for nature. It also shows how hard work is converted into the farmers' dignity. In a dialect spoken in the east of Poland, which is a mixture of Polish and Belarusian, Karczeb is a vernacular word for people strongly connected to the land they cultivate.

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