26th March 2014


"3 000 000" by Maciej Jeziorek - exhibition

On April 3rd 2014 at 6:30 p.m. we invite you for the opening of the exhibition of the "3 000 000" photography project by Maciej Jeziorek and at 7 p.m. for a debate on recording memory and photography with distinguished speakers Elżbieta Janicka, Karolina Sulej, Maciek Nabrdalik oraz Maciej Jeziorek. The debate (in Polish!) will be led by Joanna Kinowska. Free entrance!

"The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; [...] A sort of umbilical cord links the body of the photographed thing to my gaze."
Roland Barthes, "Camera Lucida", translated by R. Howard

Usually photography is a mean to record the reality, the present. What if the subject of the photography is a place that is no longer there? The "3 000 000" project is Maciej Jeziorek's take on the challenge of preserving urban memory.

Maciej Jeziorek inspired by the historic photo by Robert Capa showing Saint Augustine's church on the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto, dedicated several months of 2009 and 2010 to seeking remnants of buildings and people remembering the war times of terror. He used hand made cameras with primitive to none optics (camera obscura) to simplify the photographing process as much as possible. The awareness of the tragic history of the city served him as a filter for the space of modern Warsaw. The author tried to include the invisible in his pictures. 

Nowadays Warsaw Ghetto is hidden under the buildings, streets and pavements of Muranów, Nowolipki, Mirów, Nowe Miasto and a part of the very centre of the capital city. Maciej Jeziorek's project "3 000 000" is an invitation to take a deeper and further look at the city than usual.

Maciej Jeziorek (born in 1973 in Warsaw) - graduated in theological studies from the Pope’s Theological Academy in Warsaw, and also from the Juri Gagarin School of Photography in Warsaw. Co-founder of Napo Images agency and Napo Foundation. Polish Press Club member. Stipendist of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2012. Participant of the Credit Suisse Masterclass for photojournalists from East-Central Europe, Budapest 2004. Worked for „Tygodnik Solidarność” weekly magazine, „Życie Warszawy” newspaper, „Życie” i „Polska” daily magazine, created jointly with “The Times”. Since 2002 cooperates with the Polish Photographers Agency „Forum”. Awarded several times in photo contests. In years 2010-2012 occupied teaching position at the Journalism Department of University of Warsaw, giving lectures in press photography.

Project co-funded by the city of Warsaw.

Organizers: Jewish Community Center - JCC Warszawa, Joint Distribution Committee Foundation, Napo Foundation
Partners: Dom Spotkań z Historią (History Meeting House)
Media patrons: „Doc! Photo Magazine“, Okno na Warszawę
Editorial cooperation: Radio RMF Classic
Coordination: Monika Szewczyk-Wittek
More info: oraz