Krzysztof Gierałtowski, The Portrait of Jerzy Bereś (Portret Jerzeego Beresia), 1978
black and white photography
A PSYCHOLOGICAL PORTRAIT
Gierałtowski’s photographs are created with distinctive portrait shots of mental and political transformations. The subjects of his work are people from all walks of life and social strata. His particular style of presenting the human face (as a psychological portrait) brings us closer to the portrayed person. Gierałtowski closes the gap, creating a chance to directly relate to both the photographer, and the person on the other side of the lens.
Photography was part of Krzysztof Gierałtowski’s exhibition entitled Ring, which was organised by the Centre of Contemporary Art and premiered in 2015.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Krzysztof Gierałtowski was born in 1938 in Warsaw. He studied at the Medical Universities of Gdańsk (1956–1958) and of Warsaw (1958–1960), as well as at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź (1961–64). He has been taking photographs since 1961, and exhibiting since 1963. He has also photographed fashion and advertising for the press and publishers, and has authored documentary series from industrial plants and large constructions. In 1967–1973 he was a regular contributor for the monthly magazine Ty i Ja, in 1971–1972 for the weekly Perspektywy, in 1977–1978 the weekly magazine Razem, and in 1978–1981 the weekly ITD. He was a member of the Artistic Council of the quarterly 6×9 Fotografia (1991–1993). For four years (1994–1998) he worked for the monthly magazine Twój Styl. Since 1996 he runs the Gierałtowski Gallery/Studio. He has worked on advertising campaigns in Poland and Western Europe.
Purchased from own resources (2017)