How to Look Natural in Photos is a book about a totalitarian system which uses photography for its purposes. It includes reflections on the mechanism and relationships connected with looking and photographing, observing and being observed, describing and being described.
All the photos in the book come from the archive of the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN), which investigates the history of Poland between the early 20th century and the fall of the totalitarian system.
The book contains descriptions of photographs based on archival notes, and essay by Tomasz Stempowski, historian and archivist.
Publishers: Palm* Studios /// Osrodek Postaw Twórczych
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Enfer (La Double Vie De Véronique) (Live) by Zbigniew Preisner from Preisner’s Music (Best Of) © 1995 Virgin Music, une division de EMI Music France.
Spreads from the book “How to Look Natural In Photos” © Beata Bartecka and Lukasz Rusznica
Bookspecs: How to Look Natural in Photos| Curated and edited by: Beata Bartecka, Lukasz Rusznica | Publishers: Palm* Studios & Osrodek Postaw Twórczych | Design: Joanna Jopkiewicz (Grupa Projektor) | Essay: Tomasz Stempowski | First Edition 500 copies | Pages number: 304 | Cover: Hardcover | Size: 26.4 cm x 20cm | ISBN: 978-83-917373-5-4. Available here. If you are in Poland please buy directly from OPT.
Lukasz Rusznica is a photographer, curator, and educator based in Wroclaw, Poland. Since graduating in cultural studies from the University of Wroclaw, he has exhibited his works in galleries and museums in Poland and abroad. Rusznica currently runs a photography gallery, Miejsce przy Miejscu, dedicated to promoting emerging photographers from Poland and abroad.
Beata Bartecka: Curator of visual arts and design exhibitions, focusing mainly on photography, illustration, graphics, graphic design and typography. Journalist, editor and author of publications related to culture, art and design. A scholarship holder of the Polish Film Institute and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. And also a postproducer on various projects.