Mateusz Sarello was born in 1978 in Warsaw. A Graduate from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw. Member of the Napo Images agency (Napo Mentor Program). He is the author of the book "Swell", which was chosen as a finalist in the Best Photography Book Award at Pictures of the Year International in 2014, received 3rd prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 and Honorable Mention in the Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2013-2014 at the European Month of Photography in Bratislava in 2014 and was chosen for "Best Books of 2013" list by Photo-Eye. His awards and distinctions include the Prix Photo La Quatrieme Image, the Center Santa Fe Awards, the Lucie Foundation Scholarship, the FotoVisura Grant, the Photolucida Critical Mass, the Celeste Prize, the PDN Photo Annual, the FotoWeekDC International Awards, the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the International Photography Awards and the International Photography Festival Organ Vida Prize. A finalist of the Lens Culture Exposure Awards, he has exhibited at the Cortona On The Move Festival, the Copenhagen Photo Festival, the La Quatrieme Image Photo Fair in Paris, the Manifesto Festival in Toulouse, the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, the Guernsey Photography Festival, the Chobi Mela International Fesitval of Photography in Bangladesh, the FotoWeekDC in Washington, the Photomonth in Krakow, the International Photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb, the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, the Leica Gallery in Warsaw, the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, the Gallery Nine in Belfast and Splashlight Studios in New York. Publication credits include Lens Culture, GUP Magazine, Foto8, PDN – Photo District News, Blow Magazine, Archivo Magazine, Der Greif Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, Prism Magazine, Exklusiv Magazine, 5klatek, Doc! Photo Magazine and Private Photo Review.
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