About Mateusz Sarello

Mateusz Sarello was born in 1978 in Warsaw. A Graduate from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw. He is the author of the book “Swell”, which was chosen as a finalist in the Best Photography Book Award at the 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 story “Swell” won Grand Prize at the Prix Photo La Quatrieme Image – residency at the Cite des Arts Paris and the City of Paris Grant that allowed him to accomplish his next project in 2015. His awards and distinctions include 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 Fotofestiwal in Lodz, 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 GAF Gallery in Hannover, 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 and Prism Magazine.

2015 (upcoming) exhibition, La Quatrieme Image Photo Fair, Paris, France
2015 “Swell”, International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, Krasnodar, Russia
2015 “Swell”, Verzasca Foto Festival, Sonogno, Switzerland
2015 “Swell”, DongGang International Photo Festival, DongGang Museum of Photography, South Korea
2015 “Swell”, Pa-ta-ta Festival de Fotografia Emergente, Granada, Spain
2015 “Swell”, Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Lodz, Poland
2015 “Leaving”, GAF Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2014 “Swell”, Assab One, Milan, Italy
2014 “Swell”, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2014 “Swell”, La Quatrieme Image Photo Fair, Paris, France
2014 “Swell”, Manifesto Festival, Toulouse, France
2014 “Swell”, Guernsey Photography Festival, Guernsey
2014 “This May Have Happened”, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, USA
2014 “Swell”, Cortona On The Move Festival, Cortona, Italy
2014 “The Curve”, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, USA
2014 “The Censored Exhibition”, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 “Swell”, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Week, Tbilisi, Georgia
2013 “Swell”, Chobi Mela VII International Fesitval of Photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2012 “Swell”, FotoWeekDC, Washington, USA
2012 “Carnem”, La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
2012 “There is only one moment”, Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2012 “Open Now”, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland
2012 “Swell”, International Photography Festival Organ Vida, Karas Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2012 “Swell”, Photomonth in Krakow, Museum of Municipal Engineering, Krakow, Poland
2012 “Open Now”, Gallery Nine, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2012 “Element”, Obok ZPAF Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2012 “Street Photography Now”, Pauza Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2011 “Street Photography Now”, Gallery of the Museum of Printing in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
2011 “There is only one moment”, Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2011 “Element”, Photography Institute ProFotografia, 2piR Gallery, Poznan, Poland
2010 “IPA Best of Show”, Splashlight Studios, New York, USA

2015 “Swell”, Photo Kathmandu Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal
2015 “Swell”, FotoIstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 “Swell”, Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal
2015 “Swell”, Bitume Photofest, Gallipoli, Italy
2015 “Swell”, Landskrona Fotofestival, Landskrona, Sweden
2012 “Swell”, Kaunas Photo Festival, Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania

2015 PhotoBook Category, International Festival of Photography GuatePhoto, Finalist
2015 Language of Memory Award, International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa in Krasnodar, Finalist
2015 Chimera Art Award, Shortlisted
2015 Nera di Verzasca Award, Verzasca Foto Festival, Winner
2015 Premio Itinerarios Fotograficos, Pa-ta-ta Festival de Fotografia Emergente in Granada, Winner
2015 Grand Press Photo, Photo Book of the Year, Finalist
2015 Grand Prix Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Finalist
2014 Celeste Prize, Winner
2014 Photolucida Critical Mass, Top 50
2014 Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2013-2014, European Month of Photography in Bratislava, Honorable Mention
2014 APA Lucie Foundation Scholarship, Shortlisted
2014 Art Books Wanted International Award, Honorable Mention
2014 Moscow International Foto Awards, Honorable Mention in Book category
2014 Prix Photo La Quatrieme Image, 1st Prize
2014 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2nd Prize in Book Other category
2014 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 3rd Prize in Book Nature category
2014 Off Circuit Awards, Cortona On The Move Festival, Winner
2014 Best Photobook of the Year, Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Finalist
2014 Center Santa Fe, Editor’s Choice Awards, 3rd Place
2014 Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship, Honorable Mention
2014 Pictures of the Year International, Best Photography Book Award, Finalist
2014 Lens Culture Exposure Awards, Finalist
2013 International Photography Awards, 3rd Place in Book Other category
2013 Descubrimientos PhotoEspana, Finalist
2013 FotoVisura Grant, Honorable Mention
2013 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award, Shortlisted
2012 FotoWeekDC International Awards, Honorable Mention
2012 International Photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb, 2nd Prize
2012 ShowOff Section, Photomonth in Krakow, Winner
2011 PDN Photo Annual, Winner
2011 Lucie Foundation Scholarship, Finalist
2010 FotoVisura Grant, Honorable Mention

2015 Polish Culture Around the World, Adam Mickiewicz Institute
2015 City of Paris Grant, Cite des Arts, Paris, France

2015 residency at the Cite des Arts, Paris, France

2014 “Swell”, Instytut Kultury Wizualnej (Second Edition)
2013 “Swell”, Instytut Kultury Wizualnej (First Edition)

2015 (upcoming) “Su-ture”, Gomma Books
2014 “Blacklie”, Limes Images

2015 “Halfway”, book by Patryk Karbowski, Instytut Kultury Wizualnej
2014 “Stigma”, book by Adam Lach, self-published

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