The Poles (Polacy) by Richard Morgan

An exhibition of street photography from Poland


Until 13 April
Waterstones Gower Street
82 Gower St, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 6EQ

Since the Brexit vote in the summer of 2016, Richard Morgan has been living and traveling in the ‘Heart of Europe’, photographing Poland and its people. Just as his own country was moving away from Europe, he was moving closer with his camera.

Influenced by Robert Frank’s The Americans and Ian Berry’s The English, Richard’s project The Poles (Polacy) documents his crisscrossing of Poland during 2016 and 2017, and the photographs he took form his personal portrait of the country. As an outsider, looking in on Polish society through a foreign lens, Richard has produced a collection of remarkably intimate photographs, finding lasting and meaningful images of Poland in the split-second moments of its cities and streets.

Shot predominantly on black and white film, Richard's pictures are connected both by humour and sadness, by themes of contrast and division, and show in layers of the everyday some essential fragments of Polish social, cultural, political, economic, and religious life.

Richard Morgan is a British-born street photographer who has been living in Poland since Brexit. Having been awarded a PhD from the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, he is now photographing in the region. Richard is an award-winning photographer whose street work from St. Petersburg has recently won first prize in the Ben Uri Gallery’s photography competition in London. Richard has lived and photographed in Russia, USA, China, United Kingdom, and now Poland, where he has just finished shooting for his project 'The Poles' ('Polacy').
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