The presented photos include a review of various years of the artist's work, from the late 1950s to the second half of the 1980s. All photos present the main currents interested in photographing from those periods: In the list of photos shown, it is important to combine the subject of man and places.
On them you can find people known more or less, recall from stories such as, for example, Piotr Skrzynecki, the most famous artist of Krakow's Piwnica pod Baranami, but also unknown, anonymous characters wandering the streets of the city. Sometimes they are captured in undefined, fast and non-posed situations, which can be seen in the photo of Barbara Hoff's fashion session in Aleje Jerozolimskie from 1969. The importance of the context of the place means that we learn about the old appearance of Polish and international cities that are offered historical record. Walter Benjamin: "History of photography with history, in quality as history gives meaning to photography", which is not intended to connect with Rolke's practices.
Tadeusz Rolke was born in 1929 in Warsaw. A precursor of Polish reportage photography. The artist took his first photos during the Warsaw Uprising, but decided about the photographer's career during forced works in Germany. In his comments, he devotes attention to his hometown - Warsaw. Currently lectures at the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw School of Photography dr. Marian Schmidt. He cooperates with "Gazeta Wyborcza". He is a co-founder of the "edition.fotoTAPETA" publishing house, based in Warsaw and Berlin. Member of the Union of Polish Artists Photographers. In 2009, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis. He has been one of the most-presented artists in Poland since the mid-1990s. The most important exhibitions are Rock'n Rolke (Foksal Gallery Foundation, 2006), Everything is photography (Ujazdowski Castle, 2009) and Tomorrow will be better (LeGuern Gallery, 2013). Over one hundred thousand negative artist is integrated in the archives of the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.