Krzysztof Kieslowski: photos of the city of Lodz


The exhibition "Krzysztof Kieslowski: photos of the city of Lodz" consists of black and white photos compiled by the Film Museum of the city of Lodz. The photos were made by Krzysztof Kieslowski when he was a first years student at the The National Film, Television & Theatre School, Direction Department in Lodz in the academic year 1965/1966.

Monday 18 April 2016, 5:00 pm

Lengyel Intézet

1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 15.

These photos form a very special document about the period of the "Gherkin" buses, boys school aprons with white collars and the "knife" game. They show rainy autumns and snowy winters, Lodz with her new high-rise flats and old houses. Dark doorways, yards, shopwindows, balconies and people. Adults with weathered and often old, tired faces, and children with a happy smile. They move us, causing us to recall and ponder.

The photos show a compiled portrait of the city as seen through the eyes of man, a theme which returned in his later work. You can see them as a preparatory study. You can analyse them separately, whereby each photo tells its own story, or you can view them as a whole. One thing is certain, each photo will move you.

Apart from the fact that in these black and white photos the reality of a daily life in a Poland of the past is shown, they are also a heralding of the artistic future of Krzysztof Kieslowski.
All the photos, whether seen individually or as a whole, are exeptional and bear witness to the emotions and adultness of a young person who was an exeptional observer and documentarist, and a future director of documentaries and feature films who would later be recognised by the whole world.
All the photos, which have come from the archives of the director himself, have been made available by Maria Kieslowska.

Opening speech by Krzysztof Zanussi, film director