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Czesław CZAPLINSKI


Czesław CZAPLINSKI


 


Czesław Czapliński – artist photographer, journalist and documentalist, born in 1953 in Lodz. Since 1979 lives in New York and Warsaw.

He is an author and co-author of 30 albums and books, among others: „Saga rodu Styków” (1988), „Twarzą w twarz” (1991), „Jerzy Kosiński twarz i maski” (1992), „Pasje Jerzego Kosińskiego” (1993), „Życie po śmierci Jerzego Kosińskiego” (1993), „Kariery w Ameryce” (1994), „Portrety” (1995), „Moja HIStoria czyli jak fotografowałem króla” (1999), „Twórcy końca wieku” (2000), „Śmierć & Życie” (2001), „Nowy Jork – Przed i po 11 września 2001” (2002), „Lekarze w walce o zdrowie” (Vol.1/2002, vol.2/2003, vol.3/2004), „Wszechświat ks. Jana Twardowskiego” (2002), „Wizytki – Hortus Conclusus” (2003), „Adwokaci w walce o sprawiedliwość” (2004), „Sztuka fotografii – Portret fotograficzny” (2004), „Fotografie prawdziwe, bo już niepodobne” (2005), „Kolekcje sztuki polskiej w Ameryce” (2005), „Artyści” (2007), „Michael Jackson” (2009), „Chopin's Steps in Warsaw and the Mazovia” (2010), „Przejścia nie ma” (2010), „Collector” (2010), „J.B.Dorys - Kazimierz nad Wisłą 1931-32”, “Poles in America – 400 Years” (2010) and "Eugeniusz Gerlach Malarstwo 1959-2009 Paintings" (2011), some of which were bestsellers.

During more than 30 years of his career he photographed some of the most well known celebrities of bussiness, culture, politics, sport, among others: Muhammad Ali, Maurice Bejart, Leonard Bernstein, Bernardo Bertolucci, Cindy Crawford, Oscar de la Renta, Guy de Rothschild, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Placido Domingo, Umberto Eco, Jane Fonda, Malcolm Forbes, Joseph Heller, Charlton Heston, David Hockney, Vladimir Horowitz, Lee Iacocca, Michael Jackson, Henry Kissinger, Calvin Klein, Jerzy Kosiński, Estée Lauder, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Norman Mailer, Liza Minnelli, Roger Moore, Alberto Moravia, Willie Nelson, Richard Nixon, Luciano Pavarotti, Gregory Peck, Paloma Picasso, Roman Polański, Isabella Rossellini, Omar Sharif, Brooke Shields, Isaac Singer, Susan Sontag, William Styron, Tina Turner, John Updike, Peter Ustinov, Diane von Furstenberg, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Andy Warhol.

Czesława Czapliński’s works were published all over the world, among others: in „The New York Times”, „TIME”, „Vanity Fair”, „The Washington Post”, „Newsweek”, „Twój Styl”, „Viva”, „Rzeczpospolita”, „Wprost”, „Sztuka”. Apart from being a photographer, he has been also for many years a journalist, and he’s an author of couple of hundreds of articles and reportages printed in America and in Poland.

He had more than 100 photographic exhibitions, among others: in the National Art Galery Zacheta in Warsaaw (1989, 1991), Art Museum in Lodz (1992), National Museum in Warsaw (1995, 2002, 2007), Mazowieckie Museum in Plock (2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011), National Library in Warsaw (2000, 2001, 2005), Museum Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw (2010, 2011), and also in New York (1981, 2002, 2003, 2010), Chicago (1998), Nice (2000), Moscow (1997), London (2003), Munich (2010) and Brussels (2011).

There are several films about Czesław Czapliński and his work: „Wernisaż”, „Fotograf”, „Twarze”, „Twarzą w twarz”, „Arystokrata kwiatów”, „Czarne i białe w kolorze”. Dziś sam robi filmy dokumentalne m.in. „Kolekcjoner”, „Życie jak w bajce”, „Optymista mimo woli”.

Czapliński’s works can be found in the Library of Congress collection in Washington, D.C., New York Public Library, National Museum in Warsaw and Breslau, Art Museum in Lodz, Naional Library in Warsaw and in many private collections all over the world.

He was repeatedly awarded, among others: with Medal „Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis“, Gold Medal of Association of Photography in Lodz, Ring of “Honorary Award of Polish Collectioners Hetman”, Gold Medal “For Photographic Work” Polish Republic Photoclub.

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