Lecturers - Photography School
The author’s programs of study for the various faculties have been constructed on the basis of the experience of our lecturers and long-standing educators. Every year programs are modified to adapt the teaching process to the current requirements of the trade.
Director of the School of Creative Photography
PhD Jerzy Gaweł
Photographer with very high experience in both commercial work and teaching photography, which is his great passion. Fashion photographer with many realizations of fashion photo shoots, author of eight billboards for fashion companies and two for Cracow Fashion Week. He has worked for both large (e.g. Vistula, Royal Collection), medium (Leolazzi,Eldorado) and small clothing companies taking pictures for catalogs and advertisements. In addition, he is the author of advertising photos for business (e.g. for BPH bank, Computronik, Farmona) and covers for magazines Moda Top and Eurostudent. He has also published his photos in Dziennik Polski, Fashion Magazine and Przekrój, among others.
He also specializes in nude photography and gumprint, which he is currently teaching in his second year at School of Creative Photography. In his pedagogical and artistic work, he is constantly looking for new approaches to the classic subjects of photography, creating therefore a new quality in the photographer’s work. The unconventionality of his approach to photographic subjects and teaching results in unconventional works in his studios, which attract photographic studio tours from all over the world. A meeting at the Gum Print Studio was on the agenda of photographers from England, Scotland, Holland, Germany and Australia.
He has been invited as a juror for photography and fashion competitions in Poland and abroad, including at the International Fair in Poznan, the International Fair in Lodz, Cracow Fashion Week, Kosice Fashion Week, Habitus Baltija in Riga.
Fluency in English and German, as well as extensive international acquaintanceships, result in inviting celebrities of world photography and design to guest lectures at the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. The school has been visited by Jeanloup Sieff, Mark Bickerstaffe, Ernestine Ruben, Naomi Rosenblum, Martin Pegler, Gary Baseman, Carol Morgan, Drew Plunkett, among others.
Fine Art Photographer Massa – Michał Mąsior
Fashion and advertising photographer graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York and other courses including Getty Images. He learned from the world’s top photographers including Bruce Gilden and Wojciech Plewinski. He was nominated for the Polish Fashion Oscars. He has worked with many publications and well-known personalities including: Lounge Magazine, Miasto Kobiet, Si-Magazyn, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Capella Cracoviensis, Film Polska, 4F, Gena, Sizeer, Symbiosis, Krakbau, Bikershop, Gemini Park and many others. He maintains a blog where you can see his work – madmassa.com
PhD Marzena Kolarz
Lecturer in fashion photography, advertising photography, emulsion photography and the course „Other Aspects of Photography”. Graduate of the Krakowksie Szkoły Artystyczne (Cracow School of
Art and Fashion Design) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, defending her diploma in the Pracownia Klasycznych Tematów Fotograficznych. Then she continued her education with a master’s degree. In 2007, she received her master’s degree in the Advertising and Intermedia Photography Studio.
She completed her doctorate at the Faculty of Art at the Pedagogical University in Cracow. She received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the category of creative scholarships and scholarships for the dissemination of culture for 2016/II.
Marzena Kolarz is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Every year she participates in many prestigious competitions taking high places there. Among others, she participated in the Fine Art Photography Awards in London, the 19th International Digital Photocreation Competition, the Vintage Grand Prix or the 9th Edward Hartwig International Competition. The opportunities to see her photographs are extremely numerous. Even as a student, she exhibited her works in solo and group exhibitions. In 2016 alone, Marzena Kolarz’s works could be seen at exhibitions in Czestochowa, Poznan and Trzcianka. Marzena Kolarz is an incredibly sensitive photographer who excels in almost every field. She has won numerous awards in categories such as still life, portrait, fashion photography, wet collodion technique and pinhole photography. As an educator, she demonstrates incredible knowledge, which she readily shares with students.
master Coetzee Nathanaël
Nathanaël is a lecturer at the Cracow school of Art and Fashion Design – School of Creative Photography where he also leads photowalks and workshops on portrait photography.
Nathanaël Coetzee is a french – south African, born in 1983, in Japan. He studied cinematography and applied arts at the University of Aix-Marseille III, before attending the Studio M school. He then joined in 2012 « Skill and you », photography school of Paris, where he studied Reportage and Model photography. It is during those studies that he met masters such as Raymond Depardon, Jane Evelyn Atwood and William Klein, and got hooked on the process of Portrait photography.
Once an established photographer, he moved on to work in different countries, France, South Africa and Switzerland, in teaching, fashion campaigns (H&M, Etam), Studios (Daguerre, The White Loft) and magazines (Elle, Polka).
While in Paris he attended classes at the Harcourt Studio where he learned the art of portrait photography. He would then later lead workshops at the Studio.
In 2015 he met with French Photographer Gildas Lepetit-Castel, who became a close friend and mentor.
During that period of time he was taught the process of printing such as photography books and curating work, teaching photography, and doing workshops.
Gildas Lepetit-Castel was himself trained by french renowned and very prolific photographer Bernard Plossu.
In 2017 Nathanael created his own collective and Magazine « inSomnia » which served as a platforme for new and upcoming talent, but also for veterans of the industry, to help show and share their vision. After Making 5 successful publications, he is now working on a new project « Unknwn Dreamers » involving art and photography, using the zine as a communication tool. It is set to come out in 2019. He has also curated and helped young and professional photographers into making their own books, portfolios.
Being a strong believer of the printing process, Nathanaël keeps exploring different methods and ways to publish photography, wether it’s through publication, or thrugh the usage of varous papers for exhibitions, personnal projects.
He has published to this date 3 personnal books and 1 collaboration zine.
He is also a strong user of analog and shoots most of his work using film.
dr Agat Błoński Tomas
Photographer born in 1975 in Košice, Slovakia. He has led the Photography Studio at the Faculty of Arts in Košice since 2002. In 2010 he received his PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts (VŠVU) in Bratislava at the Department of Visual Media. He has been on scholarship in Poland (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan), the United States (Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania) and an internship in Edinburgh, UK.
As a lecturer at the School of Creative Photography, he focuses on character photography and staged photography. He also currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Animated Film, Photography and Digital Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, where he leads the Photography Studio.
Tomas Agat Błonki’s works have been seen in more than 20 individual exhibitions and eighty group exhibitions in various parts of the world, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Brazil and the USA. He is also a curator and organizer of many exhibitions himself.
In 2004, he was nominated for Slovakia’s Oskar Čepán Award for Young Artist of the Year.
His creative interests revolve around various experimental techniques, large-format photography and computer art.
Fine Art Photographer Rafał Idczak
Artist with a diploma in photography and artistic ceramics, dealing with visual arts in the broadest sense. Painter, graphic designer and photographer in his daily life. Graduate of Krakowskie Szkoły Artystyczne (Cracow School of art and Fashion Design) in the field of artistic photography – SKF School of Creative Photography.
He has worked as a photographer at events such as Cracow Fashion Week, art biennale (documentary photographer), reconstruction of the Battle of Grunwald (press photographer) and as a private photographer and set and set assistant commissioned by the Shannon group. He is the author of a mural commissioned by the organizers of the juggling festival „Koloryt” in 2017.
With painting being his greatest passion, to which he devotes most of his time, he develops artistically by seeking new solutions in classical arts. Continuous development in many fields of art makes him cooperate with many private collectors. In the field of painting, he has won prizes and awards such as:
-I place in the IX National Competition „Compositions”, Elblag 2015, Category: Painting-youth -award in the field of painting at the Art Review entitled: „Człowiek (Human)”, Poznań 2017 -award at the national painting review in Bielsko-Biała, 2017, for achievements in painting
In addition to classical arts, he is also widely involved in computer graphics, including: retouching, vector design, video editing, 3D graphics or UI/UX design. He is proficient in Adobe creative suite on Mac and Windows systems.
He works in sculpture, drawing and often creates his own literary works. He is a freelance artist, taking on a wide range of challenges and projects, regardless of the theme or degree of difficulty in any given endeavor. He also devotes his time to teaching others in the fields of computer graphics, drawing, classical and digital photography, sculpture and painting. With his knowledge of English, he shares his acquired knowledge with students from different parts of the world.
Master of art Monika Mroczkowska-Białasik
Lecturer in interior design and photography at the School of Interior Design and in architectural and experimental photography at the School of Creative Photography. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Graphics (majoring in photography) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. She runs her own interior design studio and is the author of many projects and realizations of restaurants, hotels, stores and private homes. She has presented her photographs in many collective and individual exhibitions.
Master Magdalena Kęskiewicz
She is a lecturer at the School of Fashion Design. A graduate of SAPU School of Fashion Design, she also graduated from Journalism and Social Communication at Jagiellonian University. She runs her own business Concept Studio Młoda Moda, which is at the same time a tailor’s studio, store and gallery in one. She designs collections, participates in fashion shows and competitions including OFF Fashion Kielce, Złota Nitka 2007, FUTURE. She also works as a stylist for photo shoots, published in Eks-Magazine and City of Women, among others. As a stylist, she cooperates with fashion photographers, clothing companies, advertising agencies and show producers (Moda&Styl, Lounge Magazine, Secret Lashes).