Foundation for Visual Documentary

We strive to develop connections within and across societies through non-fiction story telling.
We create interdisciplinary documentary projects, exhibitions, reports, and documentary films. We also publish books and magazines.
We can meet our statutory objectives thanks to public funding and commercial commissions, such as video and photographic reports, video clips, exhibitions, as well as other audiovisual services.

Piotr Wójcik
Born in 1967. Photographer. Lecturer at the Łódź Film School.

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In the eighties he worked as a printer in Krąg – an underground editing house. In the late eighties he was a photographer for the Przegląd Wiadomości Agencyjnych weekly.

Between 1989 and 2011 he worked at Gazeta Wyborcza where he published over 30 photoreportages. His photos were published on the covers of important European weeklies and magazines. He is also the author of several books covers.

He is the author of Warsaw-Bukarest 1996 – an exhibition exposed in eight polish railway stations.

From 1996 until 2009 he was the editor of the yearly Fotografie Gazety Wyborczej albums.

In 2000 he published an album entitled Cyganie z obu stron Karpat (Karpathian Gypsies).

In 2001 he was nominated for the Dariusz Fikus award for his photographs of the Roma community.

From 2001 to 2011 he was head of the photography department of Gazeta Wyborcza. In 2009, with Dominique Roynette, he curated the Ludzie, Wydarzenia, Przemiany (People, Events, Transformations) exhibition presented in the Zachęta National Gallery on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of Gazeta Wyborcza.

In 2010 he became a lecturer at the Łódź Film School, where he teaches photojournalism.

In 2011 he participated in the founding of Dialog-Pheniben, a quarterly dedicated to Roma culture. He is the author of a documentary entitled Bytom Karb, presented at the Erinnerung an Arbeit (Memory of Work) exhibition in Essen.

In 2013 he was the producer of a CD presenting archive recordings of Bronisława Wajs – a Roma poetess (prod. Agora SA and National Centre for Culture).

In collaboration with Justyna Pobiedzińska, he authored a book entitled Polskie Wolności (Polish Freedoms) produced by the National Centre for Culture and the Picture Doc Foundation. He organised Kontener Wolności (The Freedom Container), a mobile exhibition exposed in 25 cities.

In 2014 he was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta for his commitment to the opposition before 1989.

In 2015 he was the co-author of Tajny Detektyw organised by the Picture Doc Foundation and the National Centre for Culture as well as the co-author of Russian Freedoms organised by the Picture Doc Foundation, the Polish Institute in Moscow, the Sakharov Centre, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the National Centre for Culture.

In 2015 he also authored a documentary project entitled Katowice 150 (organizers: Picture Doc Foundation and Instytucja Kultury Katowice – Miasto Ogrodów).

Awards:

  • 1994 – Polish Press Photography contest. 1st place “People” category.
  • 1995 – Polish Press Photography contest. Special mention in the Polish “Every day life” category.
  • 1997 – Polish Press Photography contest. 1st place in “Culture” category and 3rd place in “Everyday life” category.
  • 1998 – Polish Press Photography contest. 2nd place in “Events” category.
  • 1999 – Polish Press Photography contest. 3rd place in “Culture” category.

 

Dominique Roynette
Born in 1948. Graphic designer. Artistic director of European newspapers such as: Libération, Le Monde and Gazeta Wyborcza. Curator and co-author of several books.

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She graduated from the school of Fine Arts in Paris. Between 1972 and 1980 she worked for: Le Canard de Nantes à Brest and Politique Hebdo in Brittany and Paris. In 1981 she became responsible for the special editions of Libération. She later became its artistic director. She is the co-founder of the Quai Voltaire publishing house.

Between 1989 and 1990 she worked for Grasset & Fasquelle publishing house. Later on, between 1990 and 1992 she collaborated with Gazeta Wyborcza while being the director of Eurolibre, a company related to Libération, focused on the development of free media in Central and Eastern Europe.

Between 1992 and 1994 she was Gazeta Wyborcza’s artistic director. She is the author of the layouts of Gazeta Wyborcza’s supplements: Magazyn Gazety and Wysokie Obcasy.

Between 1995 and 2003 she was the artistic director of Le Seuil, Grasset and La Découverte publishing houses as well as Le Monde’s artistic director.

She is the co-author or Tomasz Kizny’s monumental albums: Gulag and Great Terror.

Between 2004 and 2008 she worked as a consultant and artistic director of Edipresse. Between 2008 and 2011 she held the position of artistic director at the French media group Amaury.

In 2009, with Piotr Wójcik, she curated the Ludzie, Wydarzenia, Przemiany (People, Events, Transformations) exhibition, presented in the Zachęta National Gallery, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of Gazeta Wyborcza.

In 2011 she became the artistic director of the Dialog-Pheniben quarterly and is also the author of its layout.

In 2015 she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for her involvement in the development of free media in Poland after 1989.

 

Julie Body
Born in 1974. She studied social sciences at the University of Jean Jaurès in Grenoble and art and design at the Greengate House of Art and Design in London. From 1998 until 2005 she worked as a graphic designer at Le Monde. In 2005 she held the same position at L’equipe Magazine. She later became art director of several Swiss newspapers and magazines such a: Le Matin (2006-2009), 24 Heures (2009-2010) and L’illustré (2010-2015).

She is the co-founder of La Sonnette art and design galery-shop in Lausanne.