Monday, February 13, 2012

Powerhouse Review 2012

Maciej Markowicz, a young Polish photographer, was my hands-down favorite from the review. I was impressed by the way his projects combined disciplined consistency and clear, engaging ideas. The projects reflect a kind of humanistic inquiry. Often work that is idea-driven, or dominated by technique can be one dimensional and boring. That was not the case here.

The above image is from his recent ongoing series Families. The images are super-impositions of family members. The photos are laid over each other digitally, after the images are made--these are not double exposures made in real time. In some cases, as in the image here, "Son, age 13 and Father, age 49", a third face seems to emerge from the blending of the two.


  1. I'm only seeing the depth of one face, but a face that is neither 13 nor 49. This must be more 'real' in the presence of.

  2. It is interesting that you say you can only see the depth in once face; I agree and I feel like the strength of the work will be to see this in series (each portrait made in the same way), where the merging of the two subjects become more or less apparent due to their personal features.

  3. Hi Joseph and Andrew,
    Thanks for your comments! If you haven't checked it out already, you can see the rest of this uncanny series here:
    or hit the link in the first paragraph in the above post.