Fine Art Photography: Jurek Wajdowicz

Curator: Jennifer Sterling
date: April 29, 2013
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: Fine Art Photography
© Jurek Wajdowicz 2012
Image No. J8A_1084

The dual emotions of aloneness and melancholy seem to be a relevant concept when grasping the minimalist abstractions that are Jurek Wajdowicz’s photographs. To say “photographs” at once defies the visual impact that is experienced when first viewing one of his oversized artworks, which blend his subject matter into the intimate and then strip it of any mundaneness. Indeed, his pictures are—at most times—hard pressed to be labeled photography, as the viewer walks away with something intimate, sad, melancholy and surprisingly ethereal while striving to believe he has actually viewed a photograph and not a painting. 

Wajdowicz has stated that he treats his recent photography “as a deeply personal way to express his own, poetic visual language, more lyrical and complex side, and almost musical sensibilities.”

When researching the background of this gifted artist, I discovered he has explored fine art photography for only the last four to five years. Polish art critic and philosopher Krystyna Zwolińska has said of Jurek’s work, “The power of Wajdowicz’s art comes from the tension between this impulse to turn things beautiful and the more haunting stuff, even pain, that remains.”

Born in Poland, Wajdowicz is also the principal of the renowned design firm of Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS), which he runs together with his design partner, Lisa LaRochelle. They specialize in creative work for prominent nonprofit clients around the world. Wajdowicz is recognized internationally as a leader in the photojournalistic approach to graphic design, and he lectures on issue-driven design and photography. In the 50th Anniversary Survey of Graphic Design USA, Wajdowicz was selected among the “Most Influential Graphic Designers of the Past 50 Years.” 

To view more of Jurek Wajdowicz’s photographs, visit the EWS website.

© Jurek Wajdowicz 2012
Image No. J8A_1085

© Jurek Wajdowicz 2012
Image No. J8A_1086


  • MarcusM

    Atemberauben de doch so traurig…

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