2018 / Editorial / Photo Essay

9 Gates of No Return

  • Photographer
    Agata Grzybowska

• A photography series about loneliness and melancholy • A series about the loneliness of another person, aimed at understanding it I’m interested in people who moved to Bieszczady mountain range in the 50’s - 80’s and stayed there to live alone amid mountains and valleys. Each one of them came to Bieszczady for a different reason and no one came back to where he or she came from. I aim to understand their ways of getting there and their reasons, for I am utterly mesmerized and allured by the non-conformism of the lives they live.

Agata Grzybowska (b. 1984) photojournalist based in Warsaw. Graduated from the Direction of Photography at the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz. Since 2012 Grzybowska works as a photojournalist for the biggest newspaper in Poland „Gazeta Wyborcza”. She has co-founded photographic collectiv Grzybowska travels across the world depicting people in difficult, often life-threatening situations. She has worked in Syria, Uganda, India, Egypt, Romania, and the Ukraine. While working, her principle is to get as close as possible to the human being in the centre of the story.