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Maciej Dakowicz (born 1976) is a Polish street photographer, photojournalist and gallerist. Dakowicz is from Białystok in North East Poland. He studied computer science in Poland (2000) and at the University of Glamorgan (2010).[1]

Dakowicz currently lives in Cardiff, Wales, working as a photojournalist[2] and at the Third Floor Gallery which he set up and runs with Joni Karanka and Bartosz Nowicki.[3]

Dakowicz is best known for his series of photographs of Cardiff night-life titled Cardiff After Dark.[4][5][6] Photographed over a four-year period,[7] photographs from the series have featured in magazines and been exhibited in galleries. Individual images from the series have also been used out of context and with misleading captions by the British tabloid media to support a single narrative about alcoholic excess. This tabloid practice has been criticised, for example Jonathan Jones writing in The Guardian described the series saying "Humour is the most obvious thing about his pictures, and their attraction lies in the way they balance grotesque abandon with poised, coolly beautiful lighting.".[7][8]

Books

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011
    • Cardiff By Night. Galeria im. Sleńdzińskich, Białystok, Poland[9]
    • BigLittleCity, Old Library, Cardiff[9]
  • 2012
    • China Impressions, Paris Van Java shopping mall, Bandung, Indonesia[citation needed]
    • Cardiff After Dark, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff[10]

Group Exhibitions

  • 2011
    • Cardiff After Dark screened at Visa Pour l'Image 2011, Perpignan, France[8]
    • Mass Photography: Blackpool Through the Camera. Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool[11]

Awards

  • 2009
    • 170 Lat Fotografii - Poland - "People" Category Winner
    • VIVA! Photo Awards 2009 - Poland - The Grand Prix Award[12]
    • Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer 2009[13]
    • Digital Camera Photographer of The Year 2009 - UK - 3rd place, Highly Commended and Commended in "This is Britain" Category
  • 2010
    • Digital Camera Photographer of The Year 2010 - UK - 2nd place in the "Documentary" category
    • Digital Camera Photographer of The Year 2010 - UK - 3rd place in the "Adrenaline" category
    • BZ WBK Press Photo 2010 - Poland - 3rd place in the "Civilisation" category[14]
    • Wielki Konkurs National Geographic 2010 - Poland - Honourable Mention in the "Reportage" category[15]
  • 2011
    • BZ WBK Press Photo 2011 - Poland - 2nd place in the "Society" category[16]
    • BZ WBK Press Photo 2011 - Poland - 3rd place in the "Nature" category[17]

References

  1. Maciej Dakowicz - About. Retrieved on 2010-10-04.
  2. 5 Questions for Maciej Dakowicz. Retrieved on 2010-10-04.
  3. Waldram, Hannah (2010-02-15). "New gallery opens in Cardiff". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2010/feb/15/third-floor-gallery. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  4. Meyer, Jeff (2010-06-12). "After Dark, Amateur Photographer, June 12, 2010". Amateur Photographer. 
  5. Salkeld, Luke (2009-05-16). "Welcome to binge Britain: Polish photographer documents four years of drunken revelry in Cardiff". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1182373/Welcome-binge-Britain-Polish-photographer-documents-years-drunken-revelry-Cardiff.html. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  6. Martin, Charlotte (2009-05-15). "Highs and (very) lows of Booze Britain". The Sun (London). http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article2431326.ece. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jonathan Jones (2011-09-23). "The excess is not in alcohol but in Britain's self-loathing". Retrieved on 2011-12-28. “"these pictures that Dakowicz took over a four-year period in Cardiff ... Though the Daily Mail captioned this picture as a drunken girl lying helpless, she was, in fact, posing. ... He has stated to the Guardian that it is misdescribed in the apocalyptic report on the black comedy that is urban Britain: "I explained it to the Daily Mail, but still they put a wrong and misleading caption.""”
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kerri MacDonald and David Furst KERRI MACDONALD and DAVID FURST (2011-09-23). "Saturday Nights on St. Mary Street". Retrieved on 2011-12-24. “"His Cardiff portfolio proved popular at the Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival this year in Perpignan, France. ... In his photo essay, “Cardiff After Dark,” many of the scenes are frantic, bawdy and bursting with energy. They convey a witty sort of heightened reality, representing five years of work rather than an average evening.”
  9. 9.0 9.1 BBC News South East Wales (2011-04-11). "Cardiff nightlife pictures to be exhibited in Poland". Retrieved on 2011-12-27.
  10. BBC News South East Wales (2012-10-13). "Cardiff After Dark nightlife photos to go on show". Retrieved on 2012-10-16.
  11. Sean O'Hagan (2011-07-31). "Mass Photography: Blackpool Through the Camera – review". Retrieved on 2011-12-27. “"The most dramatic picture of Blackpool life on display is also the most contemporary, the least nostalgic. Maciej Dakowicz is a Polish photographer best known for his garish, colour photographs of Cardiff at closing time, wherein all human life in extremis is on display. Here, he turns his outsider's eye on contemporary Blackpool in a single startling image entitled simply A Saturday Night Out in Blackpool, 2010."”
  12. "Viva! Photo Award 2010 [sic"]. Retrieved on 2011-12-28. “"GRAND PRIX - MACIEJ DAKOWICZ - z Bialeggostoku - Rodzina pod mostem"”
  13. "Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2009". Retrieved on 2011-12-28.
  14. "BZ WBK PRESS FOTO 2010". Retrieved on 2011-12-28. “"3 nagroda - Maciej Dakowicz, freelancer. Weekendowa noc w klubie Great Western w centrum Cardiff, stolicy Walii."”
  15. "Wyniki 6. Wielkiego Konkursu Fotograficznego National Geographic Polska". Retrieved on 2011-12-28. “"Wyróżnienie Maciej Dakowicz, „Cardiff nocą” - „Cardiff to stolica Walii. W młodym i dynamicznym 300-tysięcznym mieście skupia się życie nocne całego regionu. Ludzie spotykają się tu w sobotni wieczór w centrum miasta w jednym tylko celu – żeby imprezować. Ulica staje się miejscem zdarzeń w ich życiu ważnych i błahych, tłem rozmaitych perypetii życiowych. Zdjęcia powstały między listopadem 2008 a marcem 2010 r.”."”
  16. "BZ WBK PRESS FOTO 2011". Retrieved on 2011-12-28. “"Fotoreportaż. Społeczeństwo. Miejsce 2. Maciej Dakowicz. The Widengle Photo Agency"”
  17. "BZ WBK PRESS FOTO 2011". Retrieved on 2011-12-28. “"Fotoreportaż - Przyroda i środowisko naturalne - Miejsce 3 - Maciej Dakowicz - The Widengle Photo Agency"”

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