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Rafal Michalak, b. 1971.

Lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland. He studied political science and public relations. Graduate of Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw with a Master of Arts (Media Art Department). A member of The Association of Polish Art Photographers (ZPAF).

He has been associated with the advertising industry and commercial photography for years. In his everyday work he deals with brand communication issues as well as visual identity development for companies and corporations. At the same time, he is actively engaged in creating his own original photography, thereafter presented in exhibitions and published in trade magazines. Winner of many photographic praises and commendations.

Human being as individuality and its place in the so fast altering world are the key factors of Michalak’s photographic research. In his photography he is mostly consumed with transgression understood as a conscious and intentional exceeding of bounds and limits that we impose on ourselves or encounter. At the same time, it provides a way to learn more about the hidden depths and makes it possible to experience reality from different points of view. Transgressive approach has characterised Michalak’s personal style of representation, regardless of used technique and medium, ever since he knowingly engaged in fine-art photography. Transgression determines his personal choices in terms of subjects he approaches, and even more so, the message, i.e. the idea behind a photograph, which he believes to be essential.

Contact info

Rafal Michalak

mobile: +48 601 509 500

studio@rafalmichalak.com

Social media

PRIZES

October 2017

3rd Prize | NECESSARY LOSSES
category: People, Self-Portrait (Professional)
Moscow International Foto Awards 2019

November 2018

Honorable Mention Awards:
LOVE IMPOSSIBLE series & LES FLEURS DU MAL
category: Fine Art: Nude (Professional)
NECESSARY LOSSES series
category: Special: Open Theme (Professional)
ND AWARDS 2018
Neutral Density Photography Awards

April 2018

Nominee | NECESSARY LOSSES & DAVID
category: Portrait (Professional)
FAPA – Fine Art Photography Awards 2018

February 2018

3rd Prize | LOVE IMPOSSIBLE series
category: Fine Art: Nude (Professional)
International Photographer of the Year 2017

Honorable Mention Award | CALL ME RED
category: People: Fashion/Beauty (Professional)
International Photographer of the Year 2017

Honorable Mention Award | NECESSARY LOSSES
category: Fine Art: Conceptual (Professional)
International Photographer of the Year 2017

October 2017

2nd Prize | NECESSARY LOSSES series
category: Professional People, Self-Portrait
The International Photography Awards 2017
Los Angeles

January 2017

Honorable Mention Award | SHAME photography
category: PEOPLE /Professional
MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016
International Black & White Photography Contest

December 2016

Honorable Mention Award | AUTOGRESSION series
category: PEOPLE: PORTRAIT
ND AWARDS 2016
Neutral Density Photography Awards

November 2016

Honorable Mention Award | SHAME series
category: FINE ART: CONCEPTUAL
ND AWARDS 2016 – Neutral Density Photography Awards

Honorable Mention Award | SHAME series
category: PERSON for a picture
12th Photographic Open Championship Olsztyn 2016, held under the auspices of Olsztyn City Major

April 2016

Nominee | The WALL series
category: FINE ART (Professional)
FAPA – Fine Art Photography Awards 2016

November 2015

1st prize & Golden Glass award | SHAME photography & THE WALL series
category: PERSON for a picture
11th Photographic Open Championship Olsztyn 2015, held under the auspices of Olsztyn City Major

June 2015

1st place | The WALL, series of photographs
Special Prize of the FORMAT magazine
3th Biennial of Art in Piotrków Trybunalski
ODA – Center of Art in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland

November 2014

2nd prize & Silver Glass Award | AN ENGAGEMENT RING
Honorable Mention Award | GLANCE
category: a PERSON for a picture
10th Photographic Open Championship Olsztyn 2014
held under the auspices of Olsztyn City Major

August 2013

1st Prize | LONELINESS
The Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award
Gold Medal for photographic creations
8th Black & White Photography Biennial
a national contest: ‘Human being in the landscape’

E. Osterloff’s Photographic Society, Radomsko

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

November 2018

ALLAB, Ji Huo, Chengdu, China
BETWEEN MIRRORS AND WINDOWS – series of photographs
LOVE IMPOSSIBLE series (from AUTOGRESJA project)

April – May 2016

KINO Gallery
Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe, Wroclaw
SHAME – series of photographs

September – October 2015

FIRLEJ Gallery, Wroclaw
HEAT WAVE – series of photographs, aquatint prints

June 2015

ZA SZAFĄ Gallery, Wroclaw
Association of Polish Art Photographers
HEAT WAVE – series of photographs

December 2014 – January 2015

6 Gallery
Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw
HEAT WAVE – series of photographs

December 2011

Browar Mieszczanski Gallery, Wroclaw
METAMORPHOSIS – Against Social Invisibility, series of photographs

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

November – December 2018

U37 Chengdu, China
The Secret Heat Photography Collective
SIMPLE STORIES series

April – May 2018

FOTO-GEN Gallery in Wrocław, Poland
‘Discreet Identity’ by Association of Polish Art Photographers
BETWEEN DREAMS AND INSANITY series

February – March 2018

Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Toruń, Poland
Post-contest exposition at CSW Toruń
BETWEEN DREAMS AND INSANITY series

November – December 2016

12th Photographic Open Championship Olsztyn 2016, held under the auspices of Olsztyn City Major
Post-contest collective exposition at AMFILADA MOK Gallery photographs: SHAME series

November – December 2015

11th Photographic Open Championship Olsztyn 2015, held under the auspices of Olsztyn City Major
Post-contest collective exposition at AMFILADA MOK Gallery photographs: SHAME & THE WALL series

June 2015

3th Biennial of Art in Piotrków Trybunalski
Post-contest collective exposition
ODA – Center of Art, Piotrków Trybunalski

May 2015

4th National Photographic Contest BORDERS
Post-contest collective exposition at KGHM LETIA Business Center, Legnica
The WALL, series of photographs

November – December 2014

10th Photographic Open Championship Olsztyn 2014, held under the auspices of Olsztyn City Major
Post-contest collective exposition at AMFILADA MOK Gallery
photographs: An Engagement Ring & Justine

June 2014

1st National Photographic Contest, Sosnowiec
PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
held under the auspices of professor Krzysztof Penderecki
Zygmunt Rytka – portrait

August 2013

8th Black & White Photography Biennial, a national contest entitled‚ Human being in the landscape‘
Post-contest collective exposition
Edmund Osterloff’s Photographic Society
Loneliness photography

May 2012

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
METAMORPHOSIS – Against Social Invisibility, series of photographs

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

AAP Magazine
Playboy Polska Magazine
BLUR Magazine
Confashion Magazine
Fashion Avenue News Magazine New York
iPress Magazine
JUTE Magazine
Last Daze
Mega*Zine Lost&Found Magazine
SOLIS Magazine

Book cover:

PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN
in ten essays by Spanish authoresses
Biuro Literackie Publishing, April 2014