Retrospective of Zofia Nasierowska’s photographs


Farbiarnia Foundation and Camerimage Festival invite to:

A retrospective of Zofia Nasierowska’s photographs

10.03.2014 – 12.13.2014, The FARBIARNIA gallery, Pomorska 68a/1

Admission free


This year’s 22nd edition of the Camerimage Festival will feature an exhibition of photographs by Zofia Nasierowska-Majewska (born 24.04. 1938, died 03.10. 2011), a distinguished Polish photographer specialising in portraiture.

Zofia Nasierowska, a member of Związek Polskich Artystów Fotografików (The Association of Polish Photographic Artists) from 1956, also awarded the “Artiste FIAP” distinction by The International Federation of Photographic Art, began her adventure with photography at the age of seven, and had already at the age of eleven displayed her works at her first exhibition. She took lessons in photography from her father, Eugeniusz Nasierowski. Later on, she attended a phototechnical college that cultivated the values deeply rooted in the tradition of the Warsaw School of Photography. In 1961 Nasierowska graduated at the Direction of Photography and TV Production Department of Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre.

Her works have been exhibited both in Poland and abroad and received many prestigious awards at international events, held in Budapest, Karlovy Vary, Glasgow, London, and Stockholm, to name just a few. Nasierowska occasionally dealt with landscape photography and made video coverages, but her true lifelong passion was portraiture. She portrayed a vast number of people known in the fields of theatre, film, art, and culture. In the 60s and 70s she was the photographer of choice for the majority of Polish artists and intellectuals, hence she came to be known as “the Polish Annie Leibovitz”. Her works included portraits of such artists as Beata Tyszkiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Anna German, Roman Polański, Tadeusz Konwicki, Anna Jantar, Piotr Fronczewski, Gustaw Holoubek, Irena Jarocka, and Irena Santor. At the same time, Nasierowska’s photographs were published on the covers of numerous weekly magazines: Film, Ekran, Zwierciadło, Przekrój, and Kobieta i Życie. The trademarks of her portraits were their carefully prepared lighting and appropriate take on the model, often somewhat idealising the person in front of the lens. Having worked as a photographer for 35 years, she eventually abandoned her career due to an eye condition. The artist died in Warsaw on the 3rd October 2011. Our exhibition will be a perfect opportunity to experience her widely admired and remarkable works.


The exhibition has been organized under the auspices of the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.

This project has been co-financed by the Town Council of Bydgoszcz.

Exhibition prepared as a part of the “F-torki“ initiative.


We also invite to the meeting with Janusz Majewski, husband of Zofia Nasierowska-Majewska, on Wednesday, 19th November, at Farbiarnia Gallery, Pomorska 68a/1, at 19:00.