Harmony Marcin Ryczek


Marcin Ryczek’s works are a series of minimalistic and symbolistic photographies. Their main idea is the minimum form and maximum content.

The Harmony title refers to the form, content and process of creating the presented photographs. The theme is multidimensional; it refers to freedom, spirituality and human-nature relations. Found in the surrounding world, not transformed graphically, clear images refer to straight lines and pure forms. Some of the photographs are kept in black and white style, which emphasizes their minimalism and at the same time refers to traditional photography. Some of the photographs, mainly from Taiwan and India, were taken in color. In the process of creating Marcin Ryczek’s works, two stages – descrying and waiting – are the most important. Descrying is an intense observation of reality, searching for something special and interesting in seemingly ordinary places. Waiting, on the other hand, is looking for a moment in which one can capture the unique atmosphere of a chosen place, a moment in which something will happen that would reflect the author’s sensitivity. Marcin Ryczek’s works have been presented at many exhibitions in Japan, USA, Germany, China, Holland, Romania, India, England, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Serbia, Taiwan and France. They have been published in the world’s largest magazines, newspapers and websites, including „The Guardian”, „The Telegraph”, „Der Spiegel”, „Yedioth Ahronoth”, „La Repubblica”, „Politiken”, „Athens Voice” and „National Geographic”. His photographs are often used in the publications by well-known Polish reporters, including Wojciech Jagielski and Piotr Kłodkowski.

The most recognizable work of the artist – A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow – awarded in prestigious, international competitions – was included in the renowned collection of Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris and in the collection of the Silesian Museum in Katowice. In 2013, the influential American portal „The Huffington Post” recognized it as one of the five best photographs in the world. In 2017, it was featured on the cover of David Gibson’s book 100 Great Street Photographs, which confirms its extraordinary popularity. Marcin Ryczek, born in 1982, photographer originated from Lublin, a graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin, lives and works in Cracow.

Curators: Dominika Szczech, Magdalena Niziołek (Muzeum Śląskie), dr Krzysztof Przylicki (Muzeum KUL)


Muzeum Śląskie w Katowicach
ul. Dobrowolskiego 1

Marcin Ryczek Harmony 1

  • Muzeum Śląskie w Katowicach ul. T. Dobrowolskiego 1
  • Type of exhibition: Temporary
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