Andrzej Jerzy Lech
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Life and work
From 1979 to 1987 he ran a private photography gallery called "Galeria w drodze" ("On The Way Gallery") in Opole, Poland, displaying his friends’ and his work. Still-life and landscapes series from this period are "Warsaw, Amsterdam, New York" and "The 1912 Swiss Calendar".
He is currently working on a few photographic projects: "Travel Journal - America", "Travel Journal - Poland" and "The New York Bay Photography Project".
His photographs are in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Łódź, Poland, the National Museum in Wrocław, Poland, Mala Galeria in Warsaw, Poland, Exchange Gallery in Łódź, Poland, BWA in Legnica, Poland, BWA in Jelenia Góra, Poland, Icon Pictures in New York, New York, and in many private collections.
In 1983 he held an exhibition called "60 Gates".
In 1997 he won the competition for one-person show in the Bergen Museum of Art and Science in Paramus, New Jersey.
In 2000 his solo show, "The 1912 Swiss Calendar", opened during the 8th International Month of Photography "FotoFest" in Houston, Texas.
On September 11, 2002, his multi-media show dedicated to the WTC was shown simultaneously in 14 galleries in Poland, in Ostrava, the Czech Republic and in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was composed of 46 photographs taken before the tragic event, on 09.11.2001 and in its aftermath. The show was accompanied by a published booklet.
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In 1987 he participated in the exhibition "Preis fuer junge europaeische Fotografen" ("Award for Young European Photographers") in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 1988 and 1989 he participated as one of the ten artists in the show titled "Polish Perceptions - Ten Contemporary Photographers, 1977-1988" at the Collins Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland, and Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, Fife, Scotland.
In 1994 he collaborated in the AIDS benefit auction "Sunday by the Bay" in Bellport, Long Island, New York. In the same year he participated in "The Nurturing Spirit", a group show to benefit The Evelyn H. Launder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.
In 1998 he took part in the multi-image photographic exhibition "Beyond Words", produced in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hasselblad. The premiere showcased at the "Photokina '98" in Cologne, Germany (September 1998) then at the "PhotoPlus East Exhibition" in New York, New York (October 1998).
In 2002 he participated in “Around Decade – Polish Photography of the 90s”, which took place in the Museum of Art in Łódź, Poland and the national Museum in Wrocław, Poland. In the same year he exhibited photographs from a work in progress entitled “Travel Journal – America” in several galleries in Poland.
In May 2002 he took part in a large exhibition, “The Photographic Landscapes of Jersey City”, which was organized by Pro Arts in the Jersey City Public Library.
In the Fall of 2002, he took part in several exhibitions. They are “The End of Life Show” (The Irving Goldman Community Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ), “Forms of Matter: Artists’ Views of Nature” (Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ), Central New Jersey Railroad Festival (by invitation, CNJ Railroad Terminal in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ) and the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour.
In March 2003 he showed in Poland his exhibition titled “60 Gates” again, exactly 20 years after the original exhibition date.
He was invited by an international panel of judges to participate in Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy, which took place in December 2003.
In May 2005, Lech received the J. Owen Grundy Award from the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy for his photography of Jersey City and its landmarks.
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In 2001 eight of his photographs were printed in the book "Architectural Photography", published by RotoVision Visual Arts Books Publisher, Hoven, England.