Piotr Malecki

Warsaw, Poland


Polish, 1967

Though photography began for Piotr as a way of filling the slack hours after school it soon developed into a fully fledged passion and completely defined his professional life.

Choosing first to study film-making at the Silesian University in Katowice, Piotr then moved to the UK to study photography in Bournemouth, returning to Poland to work as a staff photographer for the weekly news magazine Wprost. He soon recognised that in order to tell stories of importance, and to satiate his wanderlust, he needed to go freelance, a decision which has taken him across Europe, Russia, China, Palestine and the USA.

In August 2011, Piotr participated in a MediaStorm advanced multimedia workshop in New York which resulted in a 10 minute documentary piece called 'A Thousand More'. It was awarded the first prize in FotoWeek DC's Documentary Storytelling and Experimental category the same year. In 2014 Piotr returned to education again to study documentary film-making at the renowned Wajda School in Warsaw. A 30 minute film he directed and shot there - 'Out of the Blue' - is now being shown at international festivals.

Piotr is a director of the Napo Foundation which helps young people enter the photography world and a co-owner of Napo Images photo agency.

These days he mostly shoots photo stories, portraits and short documentaries. He regularly works on assignments for Stern Magazine, Der Spiegel, New York Times and numerous others. His work has been exhibited extensively and he's won numerous prizes and grants for his many reportages. He lives with his family south of Warsaw.

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This photographic journey across four states in the souther USA is an attempt to capture the enormous impact that cars have had on modern life.

Roughly translatable as "wavy block", the longest residential building in Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic coast is a tangible relic of the country’s communist past but stands for some of the communality that Piotr Malecki misses in his native country today.

On 29 March 2017, the UK officially informed the other members of the European Union of its intention to leave.

The North Parade Bingo and Social Club is a relic of a bygone era of seaside resorts and innocent pursuits.

Proud of its independence and aware of the threat posed by powerful neighbours, Poland has a long history of defending its territory against foreign aggression.

For four days each month, the entire European Parliament packs up in Brussels, its de facto home, and travels to Strasbourg, its ‘official’ home.

Every day, up to half a million people commute from towns and villages around Warsaw into the Polish capital.

Before the lycra-clad riders of the Tour de France whizz by the expectant crowds each year, the Caravan Publicitaire chugs through towns and villages, touting anything to from washing powder to local bakery goods to bemused bystanders.

Ekon Stowarzyszenie is a recycling company based in Warsaw which employs hundreds of people with learning difficulties or mental health issues.

A poppy remix of Polish folk classics laced with sexy lyrics, thumping rhythms and slick videos, Disco Polo is taking Poland by storm.

The City of London and Canary Wharf, its second financial hub further east along the Thames, toghether account for almost a quarter of the UK’s GDP.

On 27 April 2014 former pope John Paul II, revered by Catholics in his native Poland, will be made a saint by his successor Pope Francis.

74 year old Wika Szmyt is not your average Polish grandmother.

At Venecia Palace outside Warsaw, Poland’s nouveau riche are able to celebrate their special occasions in opulent style.

200,000 people work in 1,500 across Poland.

Piotr Malecki was commissioned by National Geographic to document the aging community of post-war Polish migrants and the young generation of Poles who have grasped the opportunities available to them in moving to the UK.