Szymon Brodziak does not like to mix philosophy with his work. He takes photos mostly under contract from various companies, for advertisements and image-building campaigns. And he is the best in his trade – during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, FashionTV awarded him the title of the “World’s best black and white campaign photographer”. His recently published album – BRODZIAK “ONE” – carries a special message written – as recognition for his talent – by June Newton, wife of the legendary photographer Helmut Newton. The official premiere of this album, combined with an exhibition, was held in October 2014 in Rome.
BRODZIAK “ONE” is a synopsis of the last ten years of Szymon’s photographic work, whose photographic credo is, “You are what you see”. He portrays primarily women – beautiful, powerful, unsettling – sometimes naked, always in black and white. His work is seen sometimes as controversial, as the models in the photos appear in strange poses and locations, and even in weird roles – a woman-lamp, a mannequin being transported to warehouse, a doll hanging on the door or even … a Christmas tree. But there are also classical or even romantic – photographs, portraits, which draw the viewer’s attention by the play of lights.
Leica Gallery presents works created for the advertising campaigns of Martini Cava, Noti, Bizuu or Mercedes-Benz, for limited issues of calendars, fashion editorials, as well as portrait session of such well-known women as Ania Dąbrowska or Anna Mucha.
Szymon Brodziak has an education in economics, but photography is his passion. He abandoned a family business to work as assistant during fashion shoots and image campaigns, which today are the main focus of his activity. Since 2006, he has received numerous international awards at photographic competitions in the USA and in Europe, including three gold medals at the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2012 – both for the advertising campaigns and his own projects. Already as a student, he received the Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking” Award for the constant turning of his dreams into reality and for the passion in marking new trails in the search for beauty. In 2013, during the Cannes Film Festival, he has received the Fashion TV award for the “world’s best black and white campaign photographer”. In 2014 he published his album “ONE”, awarded with the Gold Medal in the “book” category of the international competition Prix de la Photographie Paris. He runs his own gallery in Poznań.