Wojtek (voy-teck) Gil was born in Poland 38 years ago but his artistic landscape is the light and life of Los Angeles and Chicago, particularly the social life of the street. Through his work he attempts to unmask his surroundings and capture them in their essence as only a camera can reveal it. Although there are many smiling faces filling the lens in Wojtek's portfolio, he prefers to capture people devoured by the subway at rush hour, exhausted figures of street workers, physical and mental prostration of the homeless and the beauty that resides in the moment, however ugly its emotional underpinning or social interpretation.

The fruit of this perception is Faces of the City, the working title of a project in which Wojtek uses photography to tell the story of people who are part of the fabric of our lives. The idea is to create a book in which photos and text weave a narrative that connects their lives, hopes and dreams with our own. The aim is to change or enhance the social perspective of at least one person. "I believe that this world is more interesting when stripped from any conventional masks it is used to hide behind", says Wojtek.

The essence of his art resides not only in the most acute observation of life but in painstaking attention to detail at every stage of the creative process from composition to final print. In Wojtek's photography the camera blends life, art and technology into a truly exciting body of work.

Since he always carries his camera, he decided to use it as a tool in his every day communication with the world and create a simple photo diary of random things and situations he encounters during the day. To see the fruits of that work go to his Shot of the Day site.

If you'd like to contact Wojtek, feel free to email him at: photo(at)16rule.com
You may also call him at 1.773.609.4029 in the US or +48.22.256.2142 in Poland.

 


Read about current project (.pdf file)