Czeslaw Czaplinski - world-renowned artist photographer, journalist and documentary film maker, born in 1953 in Lodz. Since 1979, lives in New York and Warsaw. Author 45 albums and books, had over 100 photographic exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Art "Zachęta" in Warsaw, Łódź Art Museum, the National Museum in Warsaw, Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, as well as in New York, Chicago, Nice, Moscow, London, Munich and Brussels. In the more than 40-year career photographing the most well-known personalities from the worlds of business, culture, politics, sports, among them we find such figures as Muhammad Ali, Maurice Béjart, Leonard Bernstein, Bernardo Bertolucci, Cindy Crawford, Oscar de la Renta, Catherine Deneuve, Placido Domingo, Umberto Eco, Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Calvin Klein, Jerzy Kosinski, Luciano Pavarotti, Paloma Picasso, Roman Polanski, Isabella Rossellini and Andy Warhol. Czaplinski pictures were published around the world, such as "The New York Times", "Time", "Vanity Fair," "The Washington Post", "Newsweek", "Sztuka", "Twój Styl", "Viva", "Rzeczpospolita". His works are in the collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, New York Public Library, the National Museum in Warsaw and Wrocław, Łódź Art Museum, the National Library in Warsaw and in many private collections around the world.
Czesław Czapliński – światowej sławy artysta fotograf, dziennikarz i autor filmów dokumentalnych, urodzony w 1953 roku w Łodzi. Od roku 1979 mieszka w Nowym Jorku i Warszawie. Autor 45 albumów i książek, wielu filmów dokumentalnych, miał ponad 100 wystaw fotograficznych, m.in. w Narodowej Galerii Sztuki „Zachęta” w Warszawie, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, Muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie, Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie w Warszawie, a także w Nowym Jorku, Chicago, Nicei, Moskwie, Londynie, Monachium i Brukseli. W ciągu 40 lat kariery fotografował najbardziej znane osobistości ze świata biznesu, kultury, polityki, sportu, wśród nich znajdziemy takie postacie, jak Muhammad Ali, Maurice Béjart, Leonard Bernstein, Bernardo Bertolucci, Cindy Crawford, Oscar de la Renta, Catherine Deneuve, Placido Domingo, Umberto Eco, Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Calvin Klein, Jerzy Kosiński, Luciano Pavarotti, Paloma Picasso, Roman Polański, Isabella Rossellini czy Andy Warhol. Zdjęcia Czaplińskiego publikowane były na całym świecie, np. w pismach „The New York Times”, „Time”, „Vanity Fair”, „The Washington Post”, „Newsweek”, „Twój Styl”, "Sztuka", „Viva”, „Rzeczpospolita”. Prace artysty znajdują się w zbiorach Library of Congress w Waszyngtonie, New York Public Library, Muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie i Wrocławiu, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, Bibliotece Narodowej w Warszawie i wielu kolekcjach prywatnych na całym świecie.
Czeslaw Czaplinski - world-renowned artist photographer, journalist and documentary film maker, born in 1953 in Lodz. Since 1979, lives in New York and Warsaw. Author 41 albums and books, had over 200 photographic exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Art "Zachęta" in Warsaw, Łódź Art Museum, the National Museum in Warsaw, Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, as well as in New York, Chicago, Nice, Moscow, London, Munich and Brussels. In the more than 40-year career photographing the most well-known personalities from the worlds of business, culture, politics, sports, among them we find such figures as Muhammad Ali, Maurice Béjart, Leonard Bernstein, Bernardo Bertolucci, Cindy Crawford, Oscar de la Renta, Catherine Deneuve, Placido Domingo, Umberto Eco, Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Calvin Klein, Jerzy Kosinski, Luciano Pavarotti, Paloma Picasso, Roman Polanski, Isabella Rossellini and Andy Warhol. Czaplinski pictures were published around the world, such as "The New York Times", "Time", "Vanity Fair," "The Washington Post", "Newsweek", "Twój Styl", "Viva", "Rzeczpospolita". His works are in the collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, New York Public Library, the National Museum in Warsaw and Wrocław, Łódź Art Museum, the National Library in Warsaw and in many private collections around the world.
Czesław Czapliński – światowej sławy artysta fotograf, dziennikarz i autor filmów dokumentalnych, urodzony w 1953 roku w Łodzi. Od roku 1979 mieszka w Nowym Jorku i Warszawie. Autor 41 albumów i książek, wielu filmów dokumentalnych, miał 200 wystaw fotograficznych, m.in. w Narodowej Galerii Sztuki „Zachęta” w Warszawie, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, Muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie, Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie w Warszawie, a także w Nowym Jorku, Chicago, Nicei, Moskwie, Londynie, Monachium i Brukseli. W ciągu 40 lat kariery fotografował najbardziej znane osobistości ze świata biznesu, kultury, polityki, sportu, wśród nich znajdziemy takie postacie, jak Muhammad Ali, Maurice Béjart, Leonard Bernstein, Bernardo Bertolucci, Cindy Crawford, Oscar de la Renta, Catherine Deneuve, Placido Domingo, Umberto Eco, Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Calvin Klein, Jerzy Kosiński, Luciano Pavarotti, Paloma Picasso, Roman Polański, Isabella Rossellini czy Andy Warhol. Zdjęcia Czaplińskiego publikowane były na całym świecie, np. w pismach „The New York Times”, „Time”, „Vanity Fair”, „The Washington Post”, „Newsweek”, „Twój Styl”, „Viva”, „Rzeczpospolita”. Prace artysty znajdują się w zbiorach Library of Congress w Waszyngtonie, New York Public Library, Muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie i Wrocławiu, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, Bibliotece Narodowej w Warszawie i wielu kolekcjach prywatnych na całym świecie..
Czesław Czapliński - photography master and friend of world-class stars who have been looking at his glass eye for years. What were the beginnings of his global career and what were the pitfalls he scored? Who helped him and what unpleasant met him at the start? In what direction did you learn Czesław and what decided that he did not go this way? The journalist Good Morning TVN Łukasz Radwan talked to the artist.
Czesław Czapliński - mistrz fotografii i przyjaciel gwiazd światowego formatu, które od lat przeglądają się w jego szklanym oku. Jakie były początki jego światowej kariery i jakie wpadki zaliczył? Kto mu pomógł i co przykrego spotkało go na starcie? W jakim kierunku wykształcił się Pan Czesław i co zadecydowało, że nie poszedł tą drogą? Z artystą rozmawiał dziennikarz Dzień Dobry TVN Łukasz Radwan.
Czesław Czapliński in an intimate relationship with the lens/ w intymnej relacji z obiektywem, 10 IX 2015, Good Morning/ Dzień Dobry TVN Lifestyle/ Styl życia.
world-renowned artist photographer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker, born in 1953 in Lodz (Poland). Since 1979, he lives in New York and Warsaw.
He is the author of 45 albums and books, among others: „The Styka Family Saga” (1988), „Face to Face” (1991), „Jerzy Kosinski's Face and Masks” (1992), „Jerzy Kosiński and His Passions” (1993), „Life After the Death of Jerzy Kosinski” (1993), „American Careers” (1994), „PORTRAITS 1980-1995” (1995), „My HIStory - How I Photographed the King” (1999), „Creators End of the Century” (2000), „Death & Life” (2001), „New York - Before and After September 11, 2001” (2002), „Doctors in the Fight for Health” (Vol.1/2002, vol.2/2003, vol.3/2004), „Father Jan Twardowski Universe” (2002), „Wizytki – Hortus Conclusus” (2003), „Attorneys in the Fight for Justice” (2004), „Art Photography - Portrait Photography” (2004), „ Photographs True, Because I Unlike” (2005), „Polish Art Collections in America” (2005), „Artists” (2007), „Michael Jackson” (2009), „Chopin's Steps in Warsaw and the Mazovia” (2010), „There Is No Transition” (2010), „Collector” (2010), „J.B.Dorys - Kazimierz nad Wisłą 1931-32”, “Poles in America – 400 Years” (2010), "Eugeniusz Gerlach 1959-2009 Paintings" (2011) "Artists for Europe " (2011 e-Book), "Battle of Warsaw 1920" (2011), "People of Łazienki" (2012 e-Book), "The Royal Lazienki in Warsaw - Four Seasons " (2012), "FANGOR The First 90 Years" (2012), "Portraits With History" (2012), "Górecki, Lutosławski, Penderecki" (2013 e-Book), "Wojciech Fibak - Chronicle Sports Life " (2013 e-Book), "You can go on forever, to always be close" Father Jan Twardowski (2015) and "Close to the ground, close to heaven," Father Jan Twardowski (2015), "Haw photographs digitaly" (2017) and "Piotr Jakubczak - painting" (2018) some of which were bestsellers.
Throughout 40 years of his career, he photographed some of the most well known celebrities of business, culture, politics, and sport. Among others: Muhammad Ali, Maurice Bejart, Leonard Bernstein, Bernardo Bertolucci, Cindy Crawford, Oscar de la Renta, Guy de Rothschild, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Placido Domingo, Umberto Eco, Jane Fonda, Malcolm Forbes, Joseph Heller, Charlton Heston, David Hockney, Vladimir Horowitz, Lee Iacocca, Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Calvin Klein, Jerzy Kosiński, Estée Lauder, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Norman Mailer, Liza Minnelli, Roger Moore, Alberto Moravia, Willie Nelson, Richard Nixon, Luciano Pavarotti, Gregory Peck, Paloma Picasso, Roman Polański, Isabella Rossellini, Omar Sharif, Brooke Shields, Isaac Singer, Susan Sontag, William Styron, Tina Turner, John Updike, Peter Ustinov, Diane von Furstenberg, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Andy Warhol.
Czesław Czapliński’s work was published all over the world, among others: „The New York Times”, „TIME”, „Vanity Fair”, „The Washington Post”, „Newsweek”, „Twój Styl”, „Viva”, „Rzeczpospolita”, “Polityka”, „Wprost”, „FOTO”. Apart from being a photographer, he has also been for many years a journalist, and he’s the author of a couple hundred articles and reportages printed in America and Poland.
He had more than 300 photographic exhibitions, among others: in the National Art Gallery Zacheta in Warsaw (1989, 1991), Art Museum in Lodz (1992), National Museum in Warsaw (1995, 2002, 2007), Mazovian Museum in Plock (2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017), National Library in Warsaw (2000, 2001, 2005), The Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016), Museum in Schafstall Neuenstadt (2009, 2013), Museum of the City of Gdynia (2009, 2012), City Gallery in Wrocław (2015), Gallery of Celebrities in Kielce (2016), Galeria Saska in Lublin (2016), Stalowa Gallery in Warsaw (2014, 2015, 2016) and also in New York (1981, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2012), Chicago (1998), Nice (2000), Moscow (1997), London (2003), Munich (2010), Lizbon (2013), Vilnius (2014) and Brussels (2011, 2016, 2017).
There are several films about Czesław Czapliński and his work: „Opening by Czeslaw Czaplinski in National Gallery Zacheta in Warsaw” (TVP, 1989 dir. Nina Terentiew), „ Photographer” (TVP, 2007), „Faces”, „Face to Face” (TVP 1993, dir. Natalia Koryncka), „ The Aristocrat of Flowers”, „Black and White in Color” (TVP, dir. Filip Chodzewicz), "Czesław Czapliński in an intimate relationship with the lens" (TVN 2015, rep. by Łukasz Radwan).
Today, he makes documentary films which include: „Collector” (Copernicus Award - Gold 2012), "Artists of business: prof. Henryk Skarzynski" (Studio Autograf, 2004), „Life as a fairy tale”, „The optimist in spite of himself”. "FANGOR The First 90 Years" (2012), "40 Years Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw " (2012), "Chinese Avenue and Chinese Garden at The Royal Lazienki in Warsaw" (2014), "Wizard of The Royal Lazienki in Warsaw" (Copernicus Award - Gold 2014), "The growth of the Lord God" (2015), "Prof. Marek Kwiatkowski - How I joined together Royal Baths in Warsaw" (2015), "MY STORY remembers Father Nagórski Witold" (2016), "ANDRZEJ WAWRZYNIAK creator Asia and Pacific Museum" (2016) and "Ecole de Paris COLLECTOR Marek Roefler" (Copernicus Award - Gold 2016).
The originator and organizer of the international photo contest "The Royal Łazienki - The Four Seasons " (2013-2016 IV edition), he organized and led for 6 years (2011-2016) meetings with eminent artists "Artists in Łazienki", which was attended by nearly 100 people, including: E.Braun, E.Bryll, J.Cygan, J.Głowacki, J .Hartwig, J.Hen, R. Olbinski, B.Tyszkiewicz, M.Walewska.
Invited as a juror in photographic competitions: "Mazovian close to the heart", "Gdynia Sailing"(2009), National Photo Competition "Chopin"(2010) the Masovian Museum in Płock and the Płock Photographic Society, "Salt in the world of photography" (2013) Cracow Saltworks Museum Wieliczka, Photo competition entitled: "Holiday souvenir" (2017), Mazovian Museum in Płock.
Czapliński’s work can be found in the Library of Congress collection in Washington, D.C., New York Public Library, National Museum in Warsaw and Breslau, Art Museum in Lodz, National Library in Warsaw and in many private collections all over the world.
He was repeatedly awarded, among others: the Medal "Merit to Culture Gloria Artists", Gold Medal of Association of Photography in Lodz, "Gold Poster" Pomeranian Library in Szczecin, Ring of "Honorary Award of Polish Collectioners Hetman", Gold Medal "For Photographic Work" Polish Republic Photoclub, Badge of Honour "Bene Merito" for strengthening the position of Polish activities in the international arena, winner of the statuette „Remarkable Personality 2014” from the European Integration Club and the Order of Saint Stanislaus (2015).
In Czesław Czapliński’s work I value his focused, concentrated and reflexive seriouseness. Art need to be taken seriously and have its rules followed: Czapliński’s extraordinary and original work is a confirmation of this eternal truth… He is a painter and psychologist, a careful and sensitive artist and is a talent whose fruits bear the feature of genuine of our earth–freshness, succulence and color.
— Ryszard Kapuściński, writer
The photograph which you have taken of me with my hands under my chin is one of the best photographs ever taken, because it suggests that its object is a man who gives a lot of thought to his work and the movements of his heroes in their surroundings. I would be happy if it became the main photographic statement about myself and my work.
— James A. Michener, writer
The best picture ever taken of me and one which mirrors me in the most favorable light.
— William Styron, writer
You have accomplished the skill of photographing simplicity. It is the most difficult thing. Your portraits are completely devoid of any effects. This I esteem the most and it takes years to achieve that.
—Benedykt Jerzy Dorys, photographer
The [portraits] show us the strength of your individuality, interpretation and dedication.
— Yousuf Karsh, photographer
Thank you for what seems to be a very good photograph.
— Kurt Vonnegut Jr., writer
I'm hopping from city to city right at the moment, but did want to thank you for sending the wonderful picture.
—Joseph Brodsky, poet
Czeslaw Czaplinski's portraits are piercing, in studied close-ups, and he seeks the pure truth of expression.
—LeRoy NEIMAN, artist
I like your approach very much... Your photography is direct, and I especially like the big contrast.
— Rod McKUEN, composer, writer, poet, singer
Your photographs are beautiful. Everyone that I showed them to was impressed and I would like to use at least one of them on the cover of my next novel.
— Wiesław S. KUNICZAK, writer, translator
I love the photo that you took of the man in the cap.
— Michael HAUSMAN, filmmaker
In the photographs of Czeslaw Czaplinski, I am not the second, but I am seen by the second: the second ones are Czeslaw and the camera. The camera's eye makes me stand still, in my present, which is now the past, or rather my past time. I am chosen and in this choice, my face and hands are becoming a thing, but whether this sensitive and sensual thing is more sensitive and warm than me. I like my faces and hands in Czeslaw's photos.
— Jan KOTT, writer, critic
You are very talented and I am sure that your artistic efforts will be well received.
—Zbigniew BRZEZIŃSKI, political scientist
My photographic portrait... is perfect. It is very rare for me to see myself, so close and so clearly, from this angle.
— David L. WOLPER, film creator and TV
The photographs are great.
— Malcolm FORBES, publisher, businessman
I think it is a good portrait. Thank you for letting me see it.
— Jeane KIRKPATRICK, political scientist
I really like my picture taken by you. Can I suggest a signature under it: 'A man lost in thought or contemplating defeat'.
— Mike WALLACE, reporter and TV commentator
Your photography evokes a specific mood and describes my personality, as well as my qualities, I like it very much, and so do my artist friends.
— Francoise GILOT, painter, poet
A perfect portrait.
— Walter CRONKITE, radio and TV commentator
I think it is a very good image of me.
—Arthur R. ASHE, tennis player
I assume that the intention of your photographic album will be a success in eastern and western Europe.
— Mario M. CUOMO, New York Governor
Excellent photos. It is an honor for me to be a part of your exhibition.
— Robert LUDLUM, writer
Photographs do not embellish but simultaneously satisfy the requirements of vanity.
— Alex KATZ, painter
Uncommon poses and of course they are not pictures taken mechanically. I think I like them.
— John J. O’CONNOR, New York Archbishop
The photographs that you have taken of me... are very good. I do not think that I am a good judge of my own appearance, but it seems to me that the similarity is great and that I look serious at the same time, and if you can say so intelligently.
—Isaac ASIMOV, writer
I really liked your picture and I wish you many successes in this endeavor
—Jim PALMER, baseball player
I am honored to be in your exhibition. I am sorry that photographers always want me with my mouth open in a terrible chimerical grimace. I look like I just saw a tragic accident or was going to bite someone. For once, I would like to have a picture with my mouth closed. With my luck, someone would hang a sign: 'closed due to renovation'.
— Phillis DILLER, comedy actress
Thank you for your portrait. I must tell you that you have given me great pleasure. I've had so many studio sessions so-called 'Professional', but nobody managed to catch anything that was close to naturalness. I am honored by your interest, I will be delighted if you put me in your exhibition, once again very happy with the portrait.
— Betty WHITE, actress
Extremely insightful portrait. A dangerous artist in his art, Czeslaw Czaplinski shows the face of a man as it is: a mask of 'persona', carved by time and society, from the natural face of a man.
—Jerzy KOSINSKI, writer
A great photo.
—Keith BAXTER, actor
Photography seems to me to be too close, so there is no context or background in it, first swell glasses, lips + nose, then they move forward to the eye.
— Allen GINSBERG, poet
Tina was very moved by the portrait that you sent and would be honored if you added it into your exhibition.
—Tina TURNER, singer
It seems to me that you have caught my side seen by only a few... in a thoughtful, almost sad moment. So many photographers forget to try and capture the real human soul.
—Linda D. BLAIR, actress
I like the exposure on the photo...
—Bob HOPE, actor
It so happened, in which my huge nose played a huge role, that I was one of the most private people in Poland photographed most often. But in this galaxy of pictures, the portrait of me taken by you is the best. The photographer can set himself two tasks: to preserve the external resemblance of the model as much as possible and – a more ambitious goal – to transfer his psychophysical personality to the photograph. You succeeded both exquisitely.
—Jerzy WALDORFF, music critic
I was pleased and surprised to be chosen by a great photographer who seemed to be magnetized by the historical imagination, drawing him to my historic face, I believe. Looking at the photographs that were taken at the Waverly Inn, where Andre Zarre and I were having dinner with a photographer who seemed to have the eye of the camera in the middle of the forehead - I see not only my own face, tormented with time and tide, but also faces inherited from my ancestors, that always inspired my writing.
—Marguerite YOUNG, writer
Your art is magic because it goes far beyond the sensitivity of the five senses. So we're talking about some undefined sixth sense of talented people. In the case of photography, however, a seventh sense is needed, a sense of the fraction of a second in which people, animals, objects and elements show their uniqueness. This time stop is instant, unique and impossible to correct, as in other types of art. This is the artistic documentation of our and future times, born in the nineteenth century. This greatly enriches our history and our historical imagination. As a UN coroner, I have a special sympathy for this art field.
— Edmund Jan OSMAŃCZYK, publicist
'Wonderful picture' / wonderful photo / said Joseph Brodsky, a writer and Nobel Prize winner about Czeslaw Czaplinski's photography. I could say 'reliable photography' in Polish and I would not feel the need to have the courts comment or multiply superlatives. I think that this is the right word, specifying and method and quality. People look at themselves photographed and compare a likeness to their concepts and wishes. This is and will be a very intimate self-interpretation of one's self. Few photographed people understand the process of photography, know the possibilities of cameras and the hardships of choices. Working from childhood in the matter of visual arts and also knowing from the autopsy, many examples of overgrowth of aspirations regarding possibilities and needs, unnecessary stylization and confusion, borrowings and falsifications, I appreciate more and more substantive reliability, saving resources, seriousness and restraint towards obscuring or destroying the subject of the dominance of subjective expression. I see this with professional respect in Czeslaw Czaplinski's photographs.
—Andrzej STRUMIŁŁO, painter, photographer
Your pictures... deserve full recognition... the first impression was staggering. It seems like a simple picture, yet extraordinary. It emanates a special atmosphere based on the truth of the message, deepened by the spiritual element. I see myself truer than I really am in reality. How did it happen? The camera has ruthlessly captured my personality, leaving me to be destroyed. I do not know if I should rejoice or grieve? I know that I have traveled to a distant world, and what has remained has to be rebuilt and new values have to be won. I'm so happy.
—Henryk BURZEC, sculptor
Looking at my photographic image, I experience a similar impression as listening to my voice recorded on tape. I understand that it is me, but feeling and instinct say that it is someone else. Maybe a cousin, because they are similar to a father or aunt. This is probably because you have yourself. You hear and see from the inside. All others from the outside. The recorded sound and the rhythm of the voice - there is no advice, but in a portrait, the intermediary intervenes. The quality of the image depends on the extent to which the artist managed to connect and approach external vision with internal vision. Looking at my photograph taken by Czeslaw Czaplinski, it seems to me that he managed to reduce the dichotomy of these contradictory feelings to a minimum.
— Wojciech FANGOR, painter
I really like this photo. I am not concealing, not only because of formal perfection: its framing, subtle play of various shades of gray... But I am really fascinated by the eyes of the model. There is wisdom and goodness and a smile in them. Maybe if they were still mine. I would like tobe the wayCzaplinski saw
—Jerzy LISOWSKI, translator, essayist
I really like the photographs of Mr. Czaplinski, they approach the painting portrait the most.
— Marian BRANDYS, writer
I forgot about the photo taken by Czeslaw shortly after my arrival in the United States. It was not the most pleasant moment in my life. Everything came out in the photograph: uncertainty, loneliness and maybe a little hope.
—Janusz GŁOWACKI, writer, playwright
You are a very creative photographer.
—Elie WIESEL, writer
As an ironist and skeptic, you have, Czeslaw, unmasking tendencies. Everyone knows that every person, especially public figures, direct themselves outside. Creates, from shoes and combing, to the style of being, expression, songs, and biography. You are penetrating, you see hidden ridicules, complexes, ulcers - you would like to drag them out from under the make-up, but tact and loyalty stop you like censorship. Because you know that most of the portrayed do not like this uglier part of the truth. Most? You remember how for a half hour I fussed with you for publishing my photo, which I had as a caricature, and you - for 'a hit'? Conflict between the duty of tact - loyalty towards the portrayed and the temptation of truthfulness - ruthlessness troubled the portraits of Fayum, Rembrandt, Witkacy ... Why should Czaplinski not suffer?
— Edward REDLIŃSKI, writer
Thank you for the pictures from Saint Krzyz. They were interesting shots. There is not a single photo with artistic coquetry. They all express something deeper. Based on these few photos, you can reconstruct the inner world mainly on the basis of the eyes. I would put it in the following way: 1. A mysterious face, as if in anticipation of a volcanic eruption - something new in science. 2. Hypnotizing someone with a new biological truth. 3. Picture under the slogan: to attack new ones in science. 4. Scientific Society. 5. It is not artistic eyes, rather the eyes of a strategist pushing new ones seen in biology. 6. The eyes seem to have seen the new before the mind notices them. Some, and maybe even all the pictures of the face, especially the eyes, seem to express it.
—Włodzimierz SEDLAK, scientist, philosopher
When I look at photos - any photos - I think about the passage of time. About how I've aged from the previous photo. I do not think there is anyone who does not think about it. But when I see Czeslaw Czaplinski’s photos, I see something much more: I see myself in a landscape, I see isolation, or trust in a landscape, or even admiration. Well-being in the landscape: on the Warsaw Old Town Market Place. On a walk by the Vistula. One time, I think, I applauded the landscape. Second thing: you can often see the relation of the 'object' to the photographer. There is contact. Liking. And this is what I think is "flipping" over to those who later look at our pictures: readers of magazines, 'exhibition watchers', friends and strangers. This is important.
— Agnieszka OSIECKA, writer
I think that every meeting of the model with photography is an attempt of the model's vanity above all. The praise of the photographer is only possible when this first threshold is overcome. Since we already have it behind us, I would like to congratulate you for the great photos of me.
— Krzysztof ZANUSSI, director
I do not know anyone who, like Czaplinski, can portray the soul of a man. Norwid said about Chopin's music: "He was able to collect field flowers of fluff and dew without shaking them..." I would like to dedicate Norwid's words to you and your great art.
— Jerzy ANTCZAK, director
Excerpts from an essay by Jerzy Kosinski from the album „Face to Face“, Warsaw 1991.
Is photography the Art?
In his art of photographic portrait Czaplinski offers grandest testimony to man’s creative mind, the presence of which he finds upon scanning the human face: the sole place where self and soul manifest themselves. Like Avedon’s or Snowdon’s, Czaplinski’s studies have for over a decade rescued the photographic portrait from the invasion of soul snatching photography. The current leader of this invasion is Robert Maplethorpe, once one of this country’s foremost form-searching photographers to whom, sadly, judging from his 1988 one-man exposition at New York’s Whitney Museum, Man’s fate can be traced primarily to the exposition of his genitalia (reducing in the process, photographic process to the basest form of photographic images until now most commonly found in the photographically recorded pornography).
They are aristocrats...
The great photographer lays upon us one layer upon another a whole new way of seeing. See Avedon’s work. See the work of Czaplinski. Like any great art dealing with life and death, light-filled photography is great at summoning shadows – shadows of life or uncertainty of death. Another high proof of its art.
Visionary Artist – photographer
In youth-conscious America treating old age as one of photography, can tell a great deal about the artist photographer. In the photographs of Czaplinski he asks of himself, then of his camera, to think of human face aged by life as a setting of the ageless spirit dwelling there – spirit, not facial expression. His photographs of this world’s most worldly senior citizens preserve with dignity, not restore.
Who is an artist photographer?
What are the forces which propel him toward great art — art, not a mere making of yet another artifact. First and foremost, he is, like Czaplinski, one who can tell the difference between real depth and sheer glamor; between Who’s Who in spiritual life as opposed to a mere who’s who in the world of the most worldly VIP’s most of whom he photographed at spiritually closest range. He is the one who, regardless whether he still takes pictures with an old-fashioned mental camera, or the latest electronic 35 mm gear used only by a super pro, knows that true art concerns itself only with what is natural in life, as well as in form.
Every artist has a resume, and so has an artist photographer. If his name is Avedon, Snowdon or Czaplinski, it reads as follows: Artist photographer. A visionary who first envisions what to see looking through and the film, subsequently contributes to the photography, the supreme art of mechanically Fixed Image — an image which had first originated in the photographer’s own inner darkroom, where the mental image was first developed, had from there proceeded all the way to reality on the way passing through the very same viewfinder.
— Jerzy Kosinski