Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Andrzej Dragan

Mads Mikkelsen, 2007
Photograph: Andrzej Dragan

Pieta, 2010
Photograph: Andrzej Dragan

Andrzej Dragan’s portraits terrify on one hand and addict on the other. One has a strong need to come back and penetrate inhumanly realistic elements of the photographs going deeper and deeper. Power and clarity of the detail, and crystal purity of the color, sober and gloomy light are the elements of Dutch paintings. This is probably the source of the impact of Andrzej’s photographs. Portraying so well-known characters as David Lynch, Mads Mikkelsen or Jerzy Urban in the manner of old, Rembrandt style surprises the viewer used to contemporary photography which is so close to spontaneous expression, escaping from reality through exaggerated effects such as movement, blurring the image or taking the colors down to unnatural scale. Dragan’s works remain inside one’s mind for a long time and most of all – they stand out among thousands of others images surrounding us.
Tomek Sikora

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