Błażej Marczak is a documentary photographer based in Ottawa, Canada. He works mainly within the urban environment and convey his subjective observations using modest visual language. When photographing a landscape or creating a portraiture series he is considering many transformative socio-economic forces influencing the society, ourselves and the built environment we live in.

His aim is to use the camera to document rather than amplify his supposedly mundane subjects. Błażej’s aesthetics and content are driven by his interests and ideas rooted in Realism rather than Romanticism.

Between working on his self assigned projects and producing prints he is busy creating images for his clients, assisting to other photographers and looking for new local and international collaborations. Both artistic and commercial.

Błażej pronounces as Bwagey


Education:

2008 – 2012 BA in Professional Photography, The University of Abertay, Dundee.

Past group exhibitions and events:

07/2018 Nothing Left To Be Saved, FORT Institute of Photography, Warsaw, Poland

04/2018 FLOW Photofest Wall, Eden Court theatre, Inverness, UK

Nov 2017 - Longevity: 2017 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, City Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Oct 2017 - Artspeaks, Shepherds of Good Hope , City Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Sept 2017 - Chinatown Remixed , Little Latin America, Ottawa, Canada

May 2017 – Zeitgeist part of Diffusion: International Festival of Photography, Cardiff, UK

Apr 2017 – Ambit: Photographies from Scotland, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, UK

Apr 2016 – Eastern European Performance in Scotland: The Legacy of Richard Demarco, University  of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Oct 2015 – Origins, PhotoUK- India, British Council, New Delhi, India

Sept 2015 – Odyssean- Artist Talk, Unit 7 & Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Scotland, U.K.

Sept 2015 –  Odyssean- Unusual artist residencies on Orkney, Unit 7, Wyre, U.K.

May 2015 – 4/4, Curated by The Forgotten Collective, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow, U.K.

Apr 2015 – Documenting Britain, Feis, Trongate 103 / Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, U.K.

Feb 2015 – Migration Matters, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Edinburgh, U.K.

Jan 2015 – RGU’s Got Talent, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, U.K.

Dec 2014 – Transnational Biographies, Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, U.K.

Nov 2014 – Poles Apart?, Being Human Festival, University of Aberdeen / Satrosphere, Aberdeen, U.K.

Sept 2014 – Celebrating Europe, European Prospects, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania

Apr 2014 – Frames 2014, Talk See Photography, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, U.K.

Nov 2013 – Traverse Fifty, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, U.K.

Oct 2013 – Quality of Everyday Life, Polish Contemporary Art Group, Sumerhall, Edinburgh, U.K.

June 2013 – Surfing the Don, Seventeen, Aberdeen, U.K.

May 2013 – Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, U.K.

Mar 2013 – Photography, Participation and the Politics of Space, Engage & NEPAN Symposium, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, U.K.

Mar 2013 – Annual Open Exhibition, The Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, U.K.

Nov 2012 – Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, RSA Lower Gallery, Edinburgh, U.K.

Nov 2012 – SoShowMe, The Printspace, London, U.K.

June 2012 – Free Range, Art&Design Show, The Old Truman Brewery, London, U.K.

June 2012 – Exposed 2012- Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, U.K.

June 2011 – Exposed 2011- Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, U.K.

June 2011 – Paris Exposé, French Institute, Edinburgh, U.K.

May 2011 – Leonardo Da Vinci Mobility Project, CAMPUS, Paris, France

Mar 2003 – Impressions and Landscapes of Blazej Marczak, Youth European Educational Centre, Poddebice, Poland

Awards:

Oct 2014 – #DocumentYourWorld, First Prize, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, U.K.

Nov 2013 – Jill Todd Photographic Award, Shortlisted, Edinburgh, U.K.

Apr 2013 – The Arts Trust Scotland, Awarded Monetary Grant, Edinburgh, U.K.

Feb 2013 – Self Portrait Competition, Third Prize, Theprintspace, London, U.K.

Sept 2012 – International Photography Awards, Two Honourable Mentions, Los Angeles, USA

May 2011 – BIPP Student Awards, Shortlisted, British Institute of Professional Photography Scotland, Edinburgh, U.K.