Rafał MilachBORN 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.