Aleksander Jałosiński was born in 1931. He is one of the foremost Polish press photographers and winner of many prestigious awards. He worked in conjunction with, amongst others, publications such as ‘Express Wieczorny’, ‘Sztandar Młodych’, the monthly ‘Kultura’, ‘Szpilki’, ‘Polityka’, ‘Rzeczpospolita’, and the FORUM Polish Photographic Agency. Although a vast amount of his photographic work was commissioned material, Jałosiński always strove to express himself in an individual manner. The works of Aleksander Jałosiński are far more than just excellent press photographs. Indeed, they are more akin to a photographic essay. The author manages to condense into a single photograph a wealth of meanings, containing both realism and a personal commentary. Working as a press photographer from 1957, Aleksander Jałosiński built up a collection of photographs which reveal a multi-faceted picture of the Polish People’s Republic – from the provinces through to large cities, from portraits of ‘ordinary’ people to those of celebrated personalities. Join us in a journey through successive decades of the People’s Republic as seen through the eyes of Aleksander Jałosiński.
Photograph: The construction of the ‘Bogdanka’ Mine, the Lublin Coal Basin, 1978. Photo: Aleksander Jałosiński/Agencja FORUM