Jan Słodowski: Shtetls and Metropolises

exhibition opening: November 19, 2021, 18:00
exhibition open until January 16, 2022 from 10:00 to 17:00 (except Mondays)
Ludwik Zamenhof Center, 19 Warszawska Street

tickets: 5 PLN (opening day and Sundays – free of charge)

Jan Słodowski’s Shtetls and Metropolises photo exhibition presents Jewish cemeteries in Poland. The photos were being taken from the 1970s to the first decade of the 21st century. The exhibition is accompanied with Clippings German video footage documenting life in the ghettos in Krakow and Warsaw during World War II. Both the photos and the film have never been presented before. 

Thanks to the cooperation with Professor Roman Marcinkowski – a Hebrewist from the University of Warsaw – the exhibition was enriched with transcriptions of epitaphs from some matzevot.


Jan Słodowski – born in 1954 in Podlasie. A graduate of Polish philology at the University of Warsaw, in the years 1978-2018 associated with the National Film Archive in Warsaw, of which he was a long-term deputy director. Film critic and historian, for 30 years he has been publishing reviews, monographs and articles about the history of cinema in the press, publishes books and lexicons on film topics, incl. “Wojciech Has. Rupieciarnia marzeń” and ” Gwiazdy światowego kina” (co-author). He has been photographing since childhood. He publishes his photos in the press and books, took part in dozens of photo contests and exhibitions. In 2007, an exhibition of his photographs “Painted with the Rainbow. Wooden Orthodox Churches of Podlachia ” was presented at the Białystok Cultural Center.

Solo exhibitions: “In the Snow around Szklarska” (1997; Szklarska Poręba), “In the Festivals Lobbies – Portraits of Cinema People” (2001-2002; Białystok, Warsaw, Gdańsk, Lublin, Katowice, Sanok, Uherske Hradiste), “Polish Orthodox Churches North – South” (2005; Łódź, coauthor).

For years, he has been in love with Podlachia. He currently lives in Warsaw and in Cisówka on Siemianówka lake. He does not part with the camera.

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