contemporary photography
contemporary photography


Jan BrykczyƄski (b. 1979) is a photographer who often focuses on European rural regions in his work as well as on the complex relationship between man and nature. In 2014 he published his first book, Boiko, on rural life in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. His work on Icelandic farms led to him being awarded the inaugural Syngenta Photography Award. This allowed him to create The Gardener, a project on urban farming, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2015. Jan’s work has been exhibited in collective shows in Deichtorhallen, the Noorderligcht Gallery and in the Musée de l'Elysée. He has been awarded various grants, such as the EPEA, European Cultural Foundation and Visegrad Fund. He is a founding partner of Sputnik Photos, an international collective of photographers that focuses on transformations taking place in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states.

2015 - 2018     Institute of Creative Photography, Opava, Czech Republic (Doctoral Studies)
2015     Institute of Creative Photography, Opava, Czech Republic (M.A. Photography)
2005         FAMU National Film School, Czech Republic
2005         PWSFTViT (National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz), Poland (BSc. Photography)
2000         University of Warsaw, Department of Social Sciences, Poland

2015        Deutsche Börse Photography Prize / nominated
reGenaration / Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
2014        Voies Off Prize - finalist / Arles
European Photo Exhibition Award / Oslo, Paris, Lucca, Hamburg
2013        Syngenta Photography Award- The Professional Commission 1st prize winner / London, UK
Grand Prix Fotofestiwal - finalist / Lodz, Poland
2012        European Month of Photography in Bratislava - Winner of the portfolio review / Slovakia
Sony World Photography Award – 3rd prize in the Travel category / London, UK
Grand Press Photo – 1st prize in the Nature category / Warsaw, Poland
Vienna International Photo Awards – finalist / Vienna, Austria
Lens Culture International Exposure Award - honorary mention / Paris, France
2009        Minister of Culture and National Heritage - “Young Poland” award for young artists' outstanding achievements / Warsaw, Poland
2008        Visegrad Found - artist's residency in Kosice, Slovakia
2007        European Cultural Foundation  – grant for Sputnik Photos collective / Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007        Grand Press Photo – honorary mention, People category, Poland
2005        Newsweek Poland’s Photo Awards  – 3rd prize in the Everyday Life category, Poland

Solo exhibitions
Boiko – Robert Morat Gallery / Hamburg, Germany (2016)
Boiko – Latvian Museum of Photography / Riga, Latvia (2014)
Boiko – Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland (2014)
Boiko – Anzenberger Gallery / Vienna, Austria (2013)
Boiko – F7 Gallery, European Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia (2013)

Selected group Exhibitions
2016        reGenaration / Boiko, FORMAT Festival, Derby, UK
2015        reGenaration / Boiko, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
reGenaration  / Boiko, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
The New Social EPEA award / Collection, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Hunter - Sputnik Photos / FORMAT Festival, Derby, UK
2014        The New Social  - EPEA award / Collection, Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris
Distant Place - Festival Circulations, Paris
Sputnik Photos retrospective - PhotoDoc, Utrecht, Netherlands
2013        Stand BY – Sputnik Photos Association, Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Boiko – Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland
Stand BY - Sputnik Association, Szara Gallery, Cieszyn, Poland
"U" – Sputnik Photos Association, Warsztaty Kultury, Lublin, Poland
2012        Stand BY – Sputnik Photos Association, at The Borderland Foundation, Sejny, Poland
Distant Place – Sputnik Photos Association, Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland
IS(not) – Sputnik Photos Association, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland
"U" - Sputnik Association, National Museum in Gdansk, Poland
2011        Is (not) – National Museum in Gdansk, Poland
Is (not) – Sputnik Photos Association, exhibits in Iceland
Gerduberg Cultural Center, Reykjavik
LA Art Museum, Hveragerdi
Menningarhus, Akureyri
Is (not) – Sputnik Photos Association, Photoport Gallery, Slovakia
2010        "U" - Sputnik Photos Association, Noorderligcht Gallery, Groningen, Holland
2009        Ukrainian Journey - Sputnik Photos Association, Harvard University, USA
Window on Belarus – European Solidarity Centre, Gdansk, Poland
At The Border – Sputnik Photos Association, Festival Transphotographique, Lille, France

Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
THE GARDENER, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport 2015
BOIKO, self published, Warsaw 2014

Collective books
reGeneration3, Musée de l’Elysée & Skira editore, Lausanne 2015
The new social, European Photo Exhibition Award, Journal, Stockholm 2013
Distant Place, Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2012
Stand BY, Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2012
IS (not), Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2011
"U", Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2010

Press Publications
New York Times International, Die Welt, Cicero, Art, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, The Chicago Tribune, Camera Austria, foto8, Lense Culture, The Independent, Liberation.