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Photo12 Galerie|Kacper Kowalski: Side Effect & Over

2017-12-18 14:33:17  source: PHOTOINTER [Reprint]  author: Photo12 Galerie  editor: 斫子 Su Yuezhuo


Side Effect Photographer: Kacper Kowalski


Side Effect Photographer: Kacper Kowalski

Side Effect is a large project including many different series: Toxic Beauty, Depth of Winter, Flood from the Sky, Toys for Boys, Sun and Fun.


Over Photographer: Kacper Kowalski


Over Photographer: Kacper Kowalski

Over is a series of aerial photographs taken from a gyroplane flying over the Polish countryside during the winter. Kacper Kowalski has been an aviation enthusiast for more than 20 years, in particular by means of paragliders and gyroplanes, and is part of a tradition of aerial photography initiated by Edward Burtynsky, George Gerster, George Steinmetz and Yann Arthus-Bertrand, although Kowalski has quickly emerged with his own language. Capturing immaculate landscapes, the photographer operates as an architect of visual formation, systematically searching and graphing the landscape’s precise lines, leading him to a form of abstraction.


Born in 1977, Kacper Kowalski shoots aerial photographs of urban and natural environments. He is a graduate of the Technical University of Gdańsk, where he studied architecture. After having worked in architecture for four years, he devoted himself entirely to flying and photography. Both as a pilot and a photographer, he takes aerial pictures of natural and urban environments of his native Poland.

Kowalski shoots his images while flying in either a paraglider or open-hull gyrocopter. The photographer pilots these crafts himself, typically while flying at heights around 500 ft above the ground. By self-piloting and flying at heights lower than typically used in aerial photography, Kowalski enables himself to find images in the process of flying rather than conceiving of a shot and using flight to capture it.

His sense of visual perspective is informed by his training and professional experience as an architect. Inclined to explore how human activity spatially relates to the natural environment from a bird’s-eye view, Kowalski’s keen attunement to the structural lends itself to the poetically abstract in his aerial photography.

When I’m flying, I find the forms, features, shapes, symmetry, compositions, and drama—just as I would draw them in blueprints…I see the ground through the architect’s eyes. I see how humans plan, I see how nature reacts to our actions, I see order and oncoming chaos….I like the little moment when people don’t know exactly what’s in front of them. Sometimes the object in the frame may feel somewhat familiar but it’s not immediately recognizable as a bridge or a field or something they’ve actually seen a thousand times.

-Kacper Kowalski


Established in 2005 by Valérie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing, Photo12 Galerie specializes in 20th century and contemporary photography. The gallery is distinguished by its commitment to promoting ideas and discourse through images and their multifaceted paths to creation. It also encourages an exploration of photography, film, and video that opens up a vast range of possibilities through different mediums linked to the image including conceptual work and video art, documentary series, iconic lifestyle and fashion photography, and cinema and theatre.

The gallery organizes regular exhibitions at its main space in Paris, shows its artists in cooperation with institutions, galleries and private collectors around the world, and participates in multiple international art fairs each year including Photo Shanghai, Art Élysées, and Photo L.A. Located in Le Marais, Paris, France.

The Gallery is member of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art.

In 2012, Valerie-Anne Giscard d'Estaing established Fine Photographs LLC in Santa Monica, California in order to represent and show Photo12 Galerie’s photographers in the United States while opening a window to new perspectives across the Pacific in Asia (China and Korea). She acts as an Art Advisor, Art Dealer, and Curator. In 2017, Photo12 Galerie opened a third location in the Former French Concession area of Shanghai, China.

He has received numerous awards, including the World Press Photo award (2009, 2014, 2015), the Picture of the Year International POYi award (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), and many others. His work has been featured in the publications Conde Nast Traveler, Juxtapoz Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and many more. His first photography book, Side Effects, was published in early 2014. Photographs from this project are shown all over the world. He lives and works in Gdynia, Poland. His first exhibition at Photo12 Galerie will be held in November 2017.

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