Bogdan Konopka

About artist

Born
27.07.1953

Born in Dynów, 1953; a graduate of the School of Cinematography in Wrocław (major in Photochemistry); a photographer, critic and a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers. He has been involved with art photography since the mid-1970s. He specializes in black and white photography. Since the 1990s he has been using large-format cameras with prints made using the photogram method. He has links with the Wrocław artistic community. From 1982 to 1985, he led a photography workshop at the Wrocław University of Technology. His debut exhibition was “Solidarity” staged at Galeria Antresola in 1981. A contributor and co-author to a programme called Basic Photography run at Galeria Foto-Medium-Art (1982-1985) as well as the founder and director of the “Post-Scriptum” photography gallery at the Wrocław KMPiK Readers’ Club (1985-1986). In 1988 he moved to France. From 1989 to 1994 he lived in Angers, but later moved to Paris, where he lives now. In 1998 he was awarded the Grand Prix de la Ville de Vevey in the European Photography Competition. Recipient of scholarships from the Pro Helvetia Foundation (Switzerland, 1993), the City of Paris (1994), the French Embassy in Beijing (2005), the Institute of French Culture in Romania and also from organizations in Belarus (in 2000 and 2004). A regular contributor to the Polish art magazines “Format” and “Kwartalnik Fotografia”. His other exhibitions include “Grey Paris” (2000) staged at the Polish Institute in Paris, “Invisible City” (2003) at the Centre Pompidou and “Faces” (1998-2005) displayed at the Warsaw Mała Gallery of the Polish Association of Art Photographers. Since 2003 he has been working on a project to allow him to convey his own view of modern China. After the series Autumn in Peking and Chinese Walls the main subject of his interest is now Beijing Opera - Work in Progress (an exhibition that in 2006 was also presented at Galeria Bielska BWA). His works can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Georges Pompidou National Centre for Art and Culture, the National Library in Paris, the Centre Municipal de la Photographie in Nice, the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, the Łódź Museum of Art and the Wrocław National Museum.

Works

Bogdan Konopka

Beijing Opera (3) cycle

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Bogdan Konopka

Beijing Opera (2) cycle

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Bogdan Konopka

Beijing Opera (1) cycle

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