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Chris Niedenthal

 

1950


Photographer, one of the most respected European photojournalists. He was born in London, in a family of Polish emigrants. In 1973 he came to Poland for several months and has remained until today. Upon arrival, he worked as a press reporter. Initially he was a freelancer, and after few years, in 1978, he assumed the function of Newsweek correspondent in Poland. His debut photographic material depicted "illegal" provisional churches, created in the PRL despite the prohibition of state authorities. He produced photo-journalism throughout Eastern and Central Europe, the Soviet Union and the Balkans. Witnessed the creation of the free trade union "Solidarity" during a strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk in 1980, where, together with an English journalist, Michael Dobbs, he was the first foreign photo journalist let into the shipyard. He also documented the imposition of martial law in Poland in December 1981, and later the collapse of communism in 1989. The artist photographed an armored personnel carrier SKOT standing in front of the Moscow cinema in Warsaw, displaying a poster of the film Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola, which became an iconic image of martial law, and a visual metaphor for those years. In his career he has cooperated with such magazines as "Newsweek", "Time", "Der Spiegel", "Geo" and "Forbes." In 1986 he was awarded the World Press Photo for his portrait of the Secretary General of the Hungarian Communist Party, János Kádár, who was on the cover of Time. On December 14, 2009, he was awarded the silver medal of Gloria Artis.

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