Studio portrait lab

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Being alone with a portrayed person, whether few minutes or few hours, what matters to me is being with another human being and the energy flow between us. A face of a portrayed person to me has been for many years a subtly plotted mystery with many unknowns. With unfinished and undefined set of features and truths written on it.

Studio portrait lab
Filip Ćwik

The knowledge of a portrayed person about himself/herself often differs from the picture obtained during a portrait session. This person, pulled from his/her safety capsule, stripped of the self-image, is frequently surprised by the final result.

Depending on a person, a meeting and time spent, we together reveal the true identity. The photo character offers me his or her portrait. Workshop participants will work with Fujifilm’s instant cameras Instax.


Filip Ćwik – A member of Napo Images Agency and Napo Foundation. He studied cultural studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Winner of numerous photo contests including World Press Photo. In years 2001-2013 he made over 70 covers, realized 60 reportages and countless portraits for Newsweek Polska. In years 2010-2012 he taught courses in press photography in the Journalism Institute of the Warsaw University.

In his work he tries to find balance between the commercial and press commissions and his own, long-term projects that go beyond the documentary definition. He has his own portrait studio in Saska Kępa in Warsaw. A collector of non-professional family photography, created by anonymous authors.

Sponsor of the workshop is Instax Poland