Piotr Jaxa – Kwiatkowski – Polish cinematographer and photographer, since 1982 living in Switzerland, now, from January 2019 in Warsaw. A graduate of the Cinematography Department at the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theater
in Łódź, he has made dozens of documentary and feature films around the world. His works have been shown and won prizes among others at festivals in Cannes, Mannheim, Krakow, Los Angeles and Berlin.
Member of the Swiss Association of Operators (SCS), in 2009 he was honored with the Lohn-Ammannsegg award for lifetime achievement and invited to the Swiss Film Academy. Piotr Jaxa-Kwiatkowski also conducts seminars and operator workshops in institutions such as FOCAL, ZHdK (Zürich), HEAD (Geneva) and CEPV (Vevey). At the same time he works as an independent photographer specializing in photography from film set and publishing photography, having many publications in various media throughout Europe, the United States, Japan and China.
Piotr Jaxa, as a photographer and operator of the second team, collaborated with Krzysztof Kieślowski on the famous trilogy “Three Colors”. The 9-month work on the film set turned out to be a unique opportunity for Piotr Jaxa to create an extensive material from which the exhibition “Kieślowski’s Colors” was created, followed by “Remembering Krzysztof”, traveling around the world since 1994 (over 25 shows in 15 countries) .
The entire collection (photos and samples from the plan) was digitized by the National Film Archive – the FINA Addiovisual Institute and donated to the In Situ Foundation for Contemporary Art to the Krzysztof Kieślowski Art Archive. From the digitized resources, the foundation together with the author of photographs creates thematic exhibitions presented during the Hommage festival and Kieślowki and makes them available for publications, books and scientific studies.
Piotr Jaxa is also the author of several photographic books: “L’esprit de Genève” (1988), “Oh! Barcelone” (1992) and “Poschiavo, un mondo di valle” (1998), and since 1995 Piotr Jaxa-Kwiatkowski works on a new project of a book and photo exhibition entitled “Cinematographers” – this is a collection of portraits of cinematographers from around the world. So far, he has managed to photograph 127 cinema artists from 24 countries on 4 continents.
All photos included in The Krzysztof Kieślowski Archive are protected by copyright. Distributing the photo without permission from the Archive is prohibited.
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Digitalization of materials took place with the support of the Filmoteka Narodowa-Instytut Audiowizualnego and the European Commission