Błażej Marczak is a Polish born photographer currently based in Ottawa, Canada. Since 2005 until 2016 he was living and working in the United Kingdom, mainly in Scotland where he graduated with BA in Professional Photography from the Stevenson College Edinburgh in conjunction with The University of Abertay Dundee. After his graduation in 2012 Blazej left Edinburgh for Aberdeen where he stayed until late 2016 and during that time created The Grey City series. Blazej participated in various projects and collective exhibitions in the UK and internationally including Origins; PhotoUK- India at the British Council in New Delhi, Documenting Britain at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow and Celebrating Europe at Kaunas Photography Gallery in Lithuania. Selected images from The Grey City series were published in the form of a photo zine by the renowned publishing house The Velvet Cell. Blazej is curious about history, individual people’s stories, society and manifestations of these aspects in the built environment. In his portraits and landscapes, he adopts a modest visual language to convey his observations and to document his surroundings.


Education:

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

Past exhibitions and events:

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.