Maciej Markowicz

About

My name is Maciej Markowicz, I was born 1981, I am artistic photographer, who turns objects into mobile Camera Obscuras. I use these moving Camera Obscuras to capture light directly on sheets of color photographic paper. I am relying on the basic principles of photography: light, objects and light-sensitive material, while photographing from inside of the camera obscura that I often live in and travel with. I am a true nomad in spirit, constantly on the move inside Camera Obscuras, ready to make another Motiongraph (a photograph made in motion).

Being in the dark, while loading the camera and looking thru my viewfinder while operating the moving camera obscura it’s my daily bread. Sometimes I spend half day cruising with Camera Obscura boat to capture 8 seconds of light. Due to nature of the process each photograph is one-of-a-kind and a unique artwork. 

My work is included in the public collection of French Museum of Photography, the German Bundestag Art Collection and  many private collections in USA, UK, and Europe.

I am currently in Berlin floating somewhere inside the Camera Obscura boat. If you would like to visit my floating photographic studio and perhaps see your favorite Motiongraph in real-time, feel free to send me an email to maciej(at)maciejmarkowicz.com

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Artist Statement:

My work is about Motion. Motion of Light. Motion of Time. Motion of Place. Motion of my own Self.

I am drawn to photography’s alchemical power. The metaphorical and technical potential of the Camera Obscura has fascinated me for many years. Beams of light travel through the eye focusing onto the retina in an identical manner to the way in which, camera lens focuses light onto the film, producing an image. I have traveled back and forth in between countries in Europe and the United States over the last fifteen years. Each place has left a kaleidoscopic impression, partially overwritten every time. My own memories of each place, image, and travel have transformed into visual passages of time and space. This accumulated experience required a specific medium.

In 2010, I began exposing images directly on chromogenic paper, drawn to both the immediacy and purity of this process. This allows me to depict light temperature in the purest of forms. For me color paper negative represent the latent image of an abstracted memory of the place, an imprint of light, time and space. Since 2015 I have began mobilizing camera obscuras, inhabiting the moving apparatus to capture light, time and space on paper in motion.

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Self-portrait Berlin, April 2020

Maciej Markowicz © 2021