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Rafal Milach Warsaw, Poland

  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Institute for Creative Photography
    Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts
  • Institute for Artist Management
  • Sputnik Photos

Part road-trip, part hilarious narrative diary, this unique photobook presents two distinct points-of-view as the Polish photographer, Rafal Milach, and his local guide, Huldar Breidfjörd, continually start and stop on a manic 1450 km 10-day drive around Iceland.

Over an extended period, Rafal Milach portrays seven members of a generation caught between the mentality of the old Soviet regime and the Russia of the Putin era.

About Rafal Milach

Photographer and book artist based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland and Institute for Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic where he currently lectures. For more than 10 years he has been working on transition issues in Russian speaking countries and CEE region. This work resulted with the monographs “7 Rooms” (Kehrer 2011) and “Black Sea of Concrete” (self-published 2013). In 2012 Czytelnia Sztuki Gallery published the book “In the Car with R” the record of Rafal’s travel with writer Huldar Breiðfjörð around Iceland. Rafal’s work has been exhibited in C/O Berlin, Zacheta National Gallery of Art and MoCA Shanghai. In 2007 Rafal took part in World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Within next few years he received grants from Magnum Foundation, Polish Ministry of Culture and European Cultural Foundation. His pictures and books have been awarded with World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Magnum Expression Awards, Photography Book Now and New York Photo Festival awards.Works in collections of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Gliwice Museum and CO Berlin.

In 2006 together with 10 other Central Eastern European photographers, Rafal created a photo collective Sputnik Photos, to document, promote and spread knowledge on transition issues in CEE countries. Rafal was also the curator of such book projects as “Private property” (IKW 2012), “Rough cut” (IKW 2011), “25/25” and “Don’t mess with Texas” (2011) within Photomonth in Krakow.

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Rafal Milach's Books