Rural-Urban Commission


Book Launch: The Gardener by Jan Brykczyński.
Essays by Malu Halasa & Jocelyn C. Zuckerman



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Jan Brykczyński, winner of the 2013 Professional Commission, received support to carry out his submitted project proposal in which he envisaged the human population connected as one large village, brought together by urban farming on a global scale. He spent a year traveling between New York, Nairobi, Warsaw and Yerevan, taking photographs that capture the relationships between people and place that exist in these very different urban spaces. His book, The Gardener, featuring these photographs, has now been released by esteemed publisher Dewi Lewis and was launched at Photo London on May 21.



Jan Brykczyński says: ‘For the past few years I have been working on projects around issues of the relationship between man and nature in small rural communities. The Syngenta Photography Award Professional Commission allowed me to enlarge my view and to realize a project where I could look at the same phenomenon but on a global scale. I was able to envisage the human population as one big village and convey my vision of farming in low-income communities of four big metropolises; New York, Nairobi, Warsaw and Yerevan. If you have a global project you strongly believe in and you have a clear vision of what you want to do, this award is truly a great opportunity for you as an artist.’




©Jan Brykczyński


©Jan Brykczyński



Born in Poland, Jan Brykczynski, is a founding partner of the internationally renowned Sputnik Photos collective. His first book Boiko (2014) explored rural life in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains and his work on Icelandic farms led to him being awarded the inaugural Syngenta Photography Award.

He has exhibited in Noorderligcht Gallery, Leica Gallery Warsaw, National Museum in Gdansk, PhotoDoc in Utrecht, and in Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. His work has been published in the New York Times International, Die Welt, The Independent, Cicero, Art, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, The Chicago Tribune, foto8and Lense Culture. He is represented by the Anzenberger Agency.


©Jan Brykczyński

©Jan Brykczyński