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Unknown portraits

NEY Gallery&Prints welcomes the spring with an exhibition of unknown portraits by Ryszard Horowitz, one of the most respected advertising photographers in the world whose works have impressed us since the 1960s. This time Ryszard Horowitz will show these of his works that have never been exhibited so far and which are about Roman Polański, Daniel Olbrychski, Jerzy Kosiński, Jan Lebenstein, Adam Hoffman, Piotr Skrzynecki, Urszula Dudziak, Zuzanna Łapicka, Kropka Gosławska, Andrzej and Magda Dudziński.

The photos presented at the exhibition were made in Poland and in Horowitz’s studio in New York on the occasion of his private meetings with the characters of the images. These unique photos are a kind of photographic diary. All of them are accompanied by Ryszard Horowitz’s memories.

Ryszard Horowitz on photo of Roman Polański: “I caught the moment when Roman, in 1965 in a New York hotel, was offering his love to Frankenstein. Apparently, he was already planning to make ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’, that was made two years later.”

Ryszard Horowitz on photo of Daniel Olbrychski and Jerzy Kosiński: “Two friends of mine, Jerzy Kosiński and Daniel Olbrychski, visited me in my studio in 1984. I was observing them as they were joking. I don’t know who of them was a better actor, I wasn’t able to stop watching their impressive faces, the contrast between the Semitic and Slavic beauty. That meeting resulted in an improvised photo session, which left very many shots of single and double portraits.”

Ryszard Horowitz (b. 1939) | based in New York City (NY, USA) | one of the youngest known survivors of Auschwitz | studied Art at the High School of Fine Arts and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Cracow (Poland) | moved to USA in 1959 and enrolled at New York’s famed Pratt Institute | while still a student, was given a scholarship to be apprenticed to Alexey Brodovitch, one of the most influential figures in the world of editorial design and photography at the time | after graduating from Pratt in 1963, worked for a number of film and design companies and as an Art Director for Grey Advertising | spend his own photography studio in 1967 | his work has been awarded, exhibited, published and collected around the globe | recognised as a pioneer of special effects photography predating digital imaging.

Ryszard Horowitz – UNKNOWN PORTRAITS @ NEY Gallery&Prints (5 Spokojna St., Warsaw, Poland) Grand opening: April 16 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be pen to the public until June 5, 2016.

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