Rafał Milach (b. 1978 ­in Gliwice, Poland) – visual artist, photographer, author of photo books. His work focuses on topics related to the transformation in the former Eastern Bloc. Professor at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice Poland and the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. His award-winning photo books include The Winners7 Rooms, and The First March of Gentlemen. Rafał Milach has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Magnum Foundation, and European Cultural Foundation. Finalist of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 and winner of the World Press Photo competition. Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective. His works have been widely exhibited worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the MoMA Warsaw, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts Museum in Odense (Denmark). Rafal joined Magnum Photos in 2018 as a nominee member.


2020 Common GroundPolish Institute Gallery / Düsseldorf, Germany
2019 OscillationsGaleria Studio / Warsaw, Poland
2019  Refusal – Karlin Studios / Prague, Czech Republic
2018  Refusal – PGS National Gallery / Sopot, Poland 
2018 The Winners – Side Gallery / Newcastle, UK
2018  The First March of Gentlemen – ISSP Gallery / Riga, Latvia
2017  The First March of Gentlemen – Fonderia 20.9 Gallery /  Verona, Italy
2017  Refusal – Atlas Sztuki Gallery / Łódź, Poland
2014  In the car with R – Fotodepartament / St.Petersburg, Russia
2013  7 Rooms – Brandts / Odense, Denmark
2012  7 Rooms – C/O Berlin / Berlin, Germany 
2012  7 Rooms – Noorderlicht Photo Gallery / Groningen, The Netherlands 
2012  7 Rooms – Zacheta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw, Poland 


2019  Photobloc. Central Europe in Photobooks – MCK Gallery / Kraków, Poland
2018  Imagined Borders– Gwangju Biennale of Contemporary Art / Gwangju, South Korea
2018  Lost Territories Archive– Riga International Biennale of Contemporary Art/ Riga, Latvia
2018  Deutsche Börse Photography Prize  – The Photographers’ Gallery / London, UK
2017  The Resistance of the Form – Teatr Powszechny / Warsaw, Poland
2017  Lost Territories: CONTROL – Fotohof / Salzburg, Austria
2017  Lost Territories: THE NEW END – Arsenal Gallery / Białystok, Poland
2016  Lost Territories: SEDIMENT – CCA Ujazdowski Castle / Warsaw, Poland
2014  Psopplaainnd – Photoespana, Museo Lazaro Galdiano / Madrid, Spain
2014  Sputnik Photos. The Collective – Fotodok / Utrecht, The Netherlands 
2013  Stand BY – Sputnik Photos – Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland
2012  IS(not) – LA Art Museum / Hveragerdi, Iceland
2010  U – Noorderlicht Fotogalerie / Groningen, The Netherlands 
2010  All creatures great and small – Zacheta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw, Poland 


2018  Nearly Every Rose on the Barriers in front of the Parliament / Jednostka Gallery, Warsaw 
2018  The First March of Gentlemen / GOST, London  II ed.
2017  PRESSIDENT / Szara Gallery, Katowice
2014  The Winners / GOST, London (I+II ed.)
2013  Black Sea of Concrete / Self-published, Warsaw 
2012  In the Car with R / Czytelnia Sztuki Gallery, Gliwice 
2011  7 Rooms / Kehrer Verlag I ed. / II ed. Hiedelberg, Berlin


2018  Shpilman Photography Award – Mention of Honor / Jerusalem, Israel
2018 The Polish Photobook of the Year (Fotopublikacja roku) – winner / Lodz, Poland
2012  POYi  – The best photography book – winner / Missouri, USA
2009  Photography Book Now – Grand Prize / New York, USA 
2008  World Press Photo – I prize in category Arts and Entertainment /Amsterdam, NL


2018  Paszporty Polityki 
2018  Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 
2014  Paris Photo / Aperture Photo Book Award  –  Book of the Year 
2014  Oscar Barnack Award 
2012  Paris Photo / Aperture Photo Book Award  –  First book


Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (MSN), ING Polish Art Foundation, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw , BRANDTS Museum for Kunst and Visuel Kultur , Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Gliwice Museum 

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