Photography by Magdalena Szczoczarz

Apr 03, 2017

Magdalena is a Polish teacher and photographer who creates romantic and expressive photographs that inspire. In her images, common scenes and everyday activities become something special, something that invites to pick up the camera and shoot. The beauty of her work lies in her ability to capture the true moment, the deep thoughts and real feelings of her sitters, and everything is done and shown without frills and complications. A simplicity that invites and elates.


am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

MS - I am Magdalena Szczoczarz, I am from Poland, Staszow (a very small city in the south of Poland) I am 33. I studied English and Polish languages… I am a teacher, but not a boring one ;)


am - How did you start in analogue photography?

MS - Analogue photography has been with me since I remember. I got my first  camera from my dearest uncle (Marek Mazur a constructor of small artistic cameras, he was a real master) when I was a little girl… and then it all started. As it was in the late 80s, I could take pics only with analogue cameras and so it is today.


am - What inspires your work?

MS - I am inspired by movies, nature, books, music, travels and memories from my childhood, when I used to dream a lot… everything was so natural, it seems to me that those are really powerful sources.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

MS - My favourite photographers are: Marry Ellen Mark, Alex Webb, Helmut Newton.


am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?

MS - My work in 3 words… hmm… emotions, wind, senses.


am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

MS - My favourite place is India, so definitely I would go there for a year.


am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?

MS - At the moment I am listening to one Sweden internet station: Sr Varlden (they play world music I can’t stop listening to it… it is so good).


am - What’s your favourite movie?

MS - My favourite movie is definitely ‘Transylvania’ by Tony Gatlif, I love  it.


am - What are you reading at the moment?

MS - I am reading Shantaram :) as I love India I read everything that describes this country.


am - Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?

MS - Usually travels inspire me the most, but I go to the forest everyday and I run. It is also a great place to go to find some new ideas.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

MS - My favourite photo book is: Marry Elen Mark ‘On the portrait and the moment’.

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