An artists book.
Radosław Brzozowski / I. Gulgowski
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- 21 x 30 cm
About Kaszubian Wedding According to I. Gulgowski
The first Polish photographic album consisting entirely of ambrotypes, with an introduction
by Krzysztof Jurecki.
Kashubian Wedding According to I. Gulgowski is an unusual time travel, a journey to the
days gone by. It is a photographic tale of old Kashubian customs, described over a hundred
years ago by Izydor Gulgowski and brought back to life by Radosław Brzozowski together
with the amazing team from Museum: Teodora and Izydor Gulgowski Ethnographic Park in
Wdzydze Kiszewskie. It is a trully unique story, told in the same manner in which it could
have been told a hundred and fifty years ago; on glass.
Kashubian Wedding According to I. Gulgowski resulted from months of preparations,
researching sources, studying texts, talking to ethnographers, from weeks of sewing, making
paper flowers, not to mention years of wetplate practice crowned with three days of
exhausting work for the photographer and the whole team.
During those three days a true Kashubian wedding like one that would have taken place in
mid 19th century was recreated and ‘documented’ together with all the traditional
preparations; slaughtering pigs and chicks, engagement, wedding itself as well as the village
party. During the three days we told the story of the young couple from the moment they met
until the wedding day itself; just as it would have happened a hundred and fifty years ago.
About Radosław Brzozowski – in his own words:
Ever since I got hold of an old Soviet made Zenit camera at the age of 13, photography has constantly been my passion. A camera has accompanied me most of my life naturally becoming not just a passion but a profession as well, though the worn out Zenit was replaced by digital SLRs and LF cameras.
I currently specialize in artistic nude photography, both done digitally and with traditional photographic methods as well as in historical photographic process with albumen print, gumprint, oilprint and platinum print being my favourits. I have also written a bestselling studio nude photography textbook Fotografia Obnażona (Photography Exposed) published by Helion.
In my other, non-photographic life I teach English; a career I have pursued for more than twenty years. I have also written textbooks for Wydawnictwo Szkolne PWN and Skrypt publishing houses. In addition I have translated books on photography and digital image edition for Helion and Galaktyka publishing houses.