Rafał Milach

BORN 1978, Gliwice

This photographer is interested in the transformation of the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czechia). He has been travelling through Central-Eastern Europe for over a decade, doing photo-reportage on socio-economic issues. He himself, however, avoids the term “photojournalist,” as he does not believe in the objectivity of photography – he prefers the concept of taking “subjective documentary photography.” His awards include World Press Photo (2008, for the Vanishing Circus series), Pictures of the Year (2009), and the Magnum Expression Award (2011). Apart from taking photographs, Milach makes photobooks. His publication The Winners (2014) made it to the final round of the Paris Photo – Aperture Photobook of the Year competition in 2014.
Since 2006 he has been part of the international Sputnik Photos collective, pooling artists from Central-Eastern Europe who explore less well-combed areas on the map of Europe. They document the post-transformation reality, places that are “unphotogenic” and “unpresentable,” This many-times-awarded group has organized collective exhibitions and published photography books.
He presently lives in Warsaw.


 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 1/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 2/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 4/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 5/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.

 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 6/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 7/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 8/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
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Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 9/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

The Winners
This image, entitled Sharing Creative Works, by Creative Commons is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Rafał Milach

The Winners

2010-2013 / pigment inkjet print, cardboard / 62 x 50 cm / no. 0165 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 10/ 10 Wróć
Description


The Winners series is made up of fifty-five photographs taken during Rafał Milach’s travels to Belarus. It was inspired by Lukashenko’s decree in 2004 that obliged local institutions to actively promote state ideology. This meant that Plaques of Praise were permanently inlaid in buildings in Belarus’ towns and villages – wall bulletins presenting citizens who served their local societies. Councils and businesses singled out ideological managers, organizers of various pro-state initiatives. This photographic expedition tells the tale of the winners of these competitions, purely dictated by propaganda goals.
Over the three years he collected material for the series, Milach developed a special working method. This came about in accordance with his belief in the subjective role of photographer who documents reality, and as a result of his meetings with the protagonists of the series. The artist allowed the organizers of the competition to have creative control over the winners’ portraits. The result was a series of pictures in which the photographer consciously surrendered to the mechanism propagating success and exposed its absurdity.
The photographs purchased for the FSP ING collection include ten portraits: Sasha (the best welder in Belarus), Marina (Miss Belarussian Rail, Brest region), Natalia and Konan (the most loving couple), Ana (Grodno’s Fitness Queen), Olga (mother of the Best Multi-child Family in the Smarhon’ region), Vlodimir (Minsk’s best street-sweeper), Viktoria and Maxim (the best students from Kobylovka), and the best starch, library, and ideological space.
 

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