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.
Click here for a brief overview of Piotr Malecki's work.