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 Block. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, and the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic (currently lecturer at ITF). His award-winning photo books include The Winners, 7 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 in Poland and worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato, the Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts in Odense (Denmark). Since 2018 nominee member of Magnum Photos.

SOLO SHOWS

2018 The WinnersSide 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 – Szara Gallery / Katowice, Poland 
2017  Refusal – Atlas Sztuki Gallery / Łódź, Poland
2016  Weather Permitting  Ego Gallery / Poznan, Poland 
2015  In the car with R – Fiducia Gallery / Ostrava, Czech Republic
2014  In the car with R – Fotodepartament Gallery / 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 RoomsZacheta National Gallery of Art / Warsaw, Poland
2012  In the car with R – Czytelnia Sztuki / Gliwice, Poland
2010  Black Sea of Concrete – Yours Gallery / Warsaw, Poland 

GROUP SHOWS

2018  Deutsche Börse Photography Prize  – The Photographers’ Gallery / London, UK
2017  The Resistance of the Form Teatr Powszechny/ Warsaw, Poland
2017  Lost Territories: PHANTOM- Mystetskyi Arsenal Gallery/ Kiev, Ukraine
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  Legacy – Side Gallery / Newcastle, UK 
2014  Psopplaainnd – Photoespana, Museo Lazaro Galdiano / Madrid, Spain
2014  Sputnik Photos. The Collective  Fotodok / Utrecht, The Netherlands 
2013  Stand BYSputnik Photos – Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland
2012  IS(not) – Sirius Arts Center/ Cobh, Ireland 
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 
2008  World Press Photo – worldwide traveling group exhibition
2008  UNSEEN – MoCA Shanghai / Shanghai, China 

BOOKS

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

COLLECTIVE BOOKS

2017  Fruit Garden (LTA 3) / Sputnik Photos 
2016  Wordbook (LTA 1) / Sputnik Photos 
2014  Psopplaainnd. Mapping the Blind Spots / Sputnik Photos, Nophoto 
2014  Contact sheets. The Selected Photos. Vol II / Postcart Edizioni 
2012  Distant Place / Copernicus Science Center 
2012  Stand BY / Sputnik Photos 
2010  Is(not) / Sputnik Photos
2010  U / Sputnik Photos 

AWARDS

2018 The Polish Photobook of the Year / Fotopublikacja roku 2018 /  – winner
2012  POYi  – The best photography book – winner / Missouri, USA
2012  Magnum Expression Award 2011- honorary mention / New York, USA 
2011  New York Photo Festival – Jury’s Choice Grand Prize / New York, USA 
2009  Photography Book Now – Grand Prize / New York, USA 
2009  POYi – II prize in category Science, Natural History / Missouri, USA 
2008  World Press Photo – I prize in category Arts and Entertainment /Amsterdam, NL

SHORTLISTS

2018  Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 
2014  Paris Photo / Aperture Photo Book Award  –  Book of the Year 
2014  Oscar Barnack Award 
2013  POYi  – The best photography book
2012  Paris Photo / Aperture Photo Book Award  –  First book
2008  Oscar Barnack Award 

GRANTS

2013  Magnum Emergency Found 
2013  Young Poland – Polish Ministry of Culture 
2009  Young Poland – Polish Ministry of Culture
2006  European Cultural Foundation 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018 Widzi mi się / book edited together with Marta Szymanska / FAF 
2017 Wordbook (LTA7) / exhibition / Pix House, Poznań, PL
2017  Fruit Garden (LTA 3) / book /Sputnik Photos
2016  Wordbook (LTA 1) / book / Sputnik Photos
2014  Psopplaainnd. Mapping the Blind Spots / Book / with Ania Nałęcka/ Sputnik Photos, Nophoto
2014  Sputnik Photos. The Collective / with Ania Nałęcka / exhibition / FOTODOK Gallery / Utrecht, The Netherlands 
2013  Stand BY by Sputnik Photos / exhibition / Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland
2011 Photomonth Show Off / Krakow, Poland 

COLLECTIONS

ING Polish Art Foundation 
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw 
BRANDTS Museum for Kunst and Visuel Kultur 
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art 
Gliwice Museum 

 

 

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