The New Warsaw is a series of documentary pictures showing landscapes and architecture of Warsaw suburbs. Pictures which have been taken from the beginning of 2010, present the story of suburbs of a fast expanding city. The aim of the project was to show new and undiscovered places, the parts of the city where most of the Warsaw citizens never venture. Taking pictures of the things ordinary and uninteresting on the first look has to be considered as an attempt of making a document which shows a new areas of the city. Just recently all these places were still wilderness, but tomorrow they will be a part of the metropolis. The pictures are taken in the various conditions, different seasons, but always with specific soft light of the sunrise or twilight. Pastel colors, a lack of the contours, air prospect and consequent horizontal framing are used to show the moment before the architect’s vision would transform the landscape of uncontrollable wild nature. The picture of inhabited buildings is referring to visualizations made by architects. The wide view of the landscapes is follows the tradition of painting.
Jędrzej Sokołowski is a documentary photographer based in Warsaw, Poland. Graduate of the Institute of Creative Photography at the University of Silesia in Opava (Czechia) and Art History at the University of Warsaw. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He specializes in architectural and portrait photography. In his personal projects, he focuses on showcasing and interpreting space (for example, documenting the suburbs of the metropolis or the interiors of psychotherapy offices). The New Warsaw project has been showcased in numerous exhibitions and published in magazines and books. The photos from this series are part of the photography collection at the Museum of Warsaw.
© Text and pictures by Jędrzej Sokołowski