Black and White
Award Winning Photographer from Poland. Since 2003 based in the Republic of Georgia. In her work mainly focuses the countries of the former Soviet Union. Her works have been published in various international publications such as The New York Times, Monocle, Newsweek International, Marie Claire , GEO France , National Geographic , Le Monde , Stern , German Yearbook of Reporters without Borders - among others. Began her career in 1999 in Poland, reporting for the daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza. Since 2001 works as a freelance documentary photographer . Most important part of her professional activities is devoted to personal , long term projects.
In 2014 published her first Book titled: “ Woman with a Monkey- Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs “. Book covers a decade of photographer documenting Caucasus.
Currently focusing on long term project on Ukraine titled : “A Ukraine Runs Through it “ exploring modern Ukraine in turmoil with the Dnieper river as a metaphorof present split in the country. It documents how the mixed ethnic and historical legacies of Ukraine brought people their present realities . Making Dnieper river a symbolic line of reference allows her to talk about most important issues in wider
political, historical and geographical context of the whole country.
Awards – Festivals - Publications
2016- Vienna PhotoBook Festival, Ukrainian Book Dummy , 3rd place
2015- Book on Caucasus won both Book Prizes ( Book of the Year, Self-published Book of the Year ) at the FOTOFESTIWAL International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Poland
2015- Ukrainian project shortlisted for Leica Oskar Barnack Award
2014- winner of The Aftermath Project Grant for her Ukraine work
2014- Book on Caucasus took a second place (first finalist) at Picture of the Year/ Publication of the Year.
2012-Vienna International Photo Awards, shortlist of the 13 best photographers, to be exhibited during the Festival.
2011-winner of Caucasus Young Photographer Award-prize given annually by Magnum Foundation
2009-winner of Production Grant from Open Society Documentary Photography Project .
2009-winner of Canon Female Photojournalist Prize , prize given annually in The International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan - Visa pour l"Image.
2008-received World Press Photo-Second Prize/People in the News-for the images taken during the War over south Osssetia in 2008.
2008 work from Abkhazia was published in the German Year-Book of the Reporters Without the Borders.
2003-second prize in Newsweek Poland Photo-reportage Annual Competition
2003-finalist of 7th Agfa Young Photojournalist Award /Germany
2002- received travel grant (for Caucasian Project) from European Cultural Foundation/Holland
2002-second prize photo competition “Female Life” /Poland
2002 -finalist of Polish Press Photo /exhibition / Poland
2002- Finalist Young Portfolio 2002 Competition (at Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts) /Japan
2002 Honorable Mention (together with a writer Paul Rimple) at Dorotea Lange/ Robert Taylor Prize- for “Walking the Caucasian Chalkline” /USA
2002-Second Prize at Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts Project Competition.2002 for “Walking the Georgian Chalkline /USA
F O R M A L E D U C A T I O N
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland / 1998 Masters - Science of Culture at New Media and Culture Management / Theses: “Camille Paglia- Mona Lisa with a Moustache Among Art Critics”
S E L E C T E D E X H I B I T I O N S :
2015- Exhibition of Ukraine work during Short Film Festival in Bialystok, Poland
2015 – Leica Gallery in Warsaw. Caucasus Work .
2014 – Opening Exhibition of Ukraine work at Tbilisi Photo Festival.
2014 - Exhibition of Caucasus work with a Book Launch in Tbilisi Literature Museum.
2010 - Individual Exhibition during Visa pour l"Image.Festival- Shared Sorrows, Divided Lines ,Perpignan/France
2010 - Shared Sorrows, Divided Lines - NCK (Baltic Culture Center) -Individual Exhibition , Gdansk /Poland
2006-Walking the Caucasian Chalkline - Museum of Tbilisi History / Tbilisi / Georgia
2005 July – Caucasus Project Presentation during International Photo Festival /Arles France.
All images courtesy of Justyna Mielnikiewicz.
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