BIO

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Born in Poland
Live in North of Ireland
Works in UK & EU


mariusz.smiejek@gmail.com

Freelance visual storyteller and portraitist specializing in the raw narrative of human and social conditions. Noted documentary work explores post conflict communities, refugee and asylum seekers, child slavery, street children, human trafficking, victimized women, dangerous livelihoods, corruption and systemic abuse. Harnessing a total immersion approach, the camera becomes an unadulterated and impartial window between the subject and the audience. Possesses the ability to navigate fragile and volatile contexts, and infrastructures with ease, including informal migrant encampments, remote West African villages, and urban uprisings.

Additionally, he work as a photography tutor in UK, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Portugal and Ghana.

He is founder and volunteer at Between Pictures Project.org


Clients include:

Siemens
Deutsche Presse Agentur
Politico
Die Welt
Le Temps
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Weekendavisen
Fotogloria Advertising Agency in Germany
Royal College of Psychiatrists in Belfast
Der Hotelexperte Magazine
Check In Magazine
Northern Ireland Home & Lifestyle Magazine
Wydawnictwo Czarne
Gazeta Wyborcza
and many more...

Exhibitions
Group

2021
Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Award exhibition.
Museum Fotografiska
New York. USA

2021
National Geographic Magazine contest exhibition.
Warsaw, Poland

 

2019
"Dream Slaves" Fa La Cosa Giusta.
Milan, Italy

 

2018
Grand Press Photo exhibitions.
Poland

 

2018
Portraits, Sisters.
The Andrews Gallery at Titanic Museum.
Belfast, UK

 

2018
Portraits, Women of The Peninsula,
Georgian Gallery, Ards Arts Center.
Ards, UK

 

2017
Grand Press Photo exhibitions.
Poland

 

2017
The Other Hundred - photo book exhibition, Educators.
Hong Kong, China

 

2015
National Geographic Magazine contest exhibitions.
Poland

 

2013
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Somerset House.
London, UK

 

2012
National Geographic Magazine contest exhibitions.
Poland.

Exhibitions and Festivals
Solo

2021
Rybnicki Festiwal Fotografi
Poland

2019
FotoCamp
Poland

2019
"Dream Slaves" - Alliance Française d'Accra.
Ghana

 

2019
"Dream Slaves" Festival - Incontro tra i popoli, Milan. Italy

 

2018
"Dream Slaves" 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Bergamo,
Italy

 

2018
"Dream Slaves" Fa La Cosa Giusta - Palermo.
Italy

2018
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, John Hewitt International Summer School, Armagh.
UK

 

2015
Crescent Arts Centre Belfast, Northern Ireland.
UK

 

2014/02
Edgerton Performing Arts Center Gallery
Fairfield, SH University, Connecticut.
USA

 

2014/06
- Edgerton Performing Arts Center Gallery Fairfield, SH University, Connecticut.
USA

Publications

The New York Times
National Geographic
Der Spiegel
The British Journal of Photography
Time
BBC
Politico
Boston Review
Die Welt
Le Temps
The National
Duży Format
Wydawnictwo Czarne
Open Democracy
FotoEvidence
among many others...

Honours & Awards

2022
Belfast Photo Festival
Shortlisted
UK & Ireland


2021
Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize created by David Clark Cause with global partner United Nations Human Rights.
Finalist
USA

2021
World. Report Award. Documenting Humanity.
Festival della Fotografia Etica.
Shortlist in category: Spotlight.
Italy

2020
National Geographic Magazine Award.
First prize in category: Human and water.
Poland

2019
Art Council of Northern Ireland &
The National Lottery Travel Award.
UK

 

2019
Monovision Photography Award,
Honourable mention in category: Portrait, series.
UK

2018
Grand Press Photo.
Second prize in category: Daily life, series.
Poland

2018
Grand Press Photo. Shortlist in category: Portrait.
Poland

2017
Grand Press Photo. Second prize in category: People, series.
Poland

2016
The Other Hundred project - Educators - UK winner.
China

2015
National Geographic Magazine Award.
Special mention in category: Street photography.
Poland

2014
Fotofestiwal Łódz.
Honourable mention by Magnum Photos Agency.
Poland

2013
Sony World Photography Awards. Honourable mention.
UK

2013
Sony World Photography Awards. Honourable mention.
UK

2012
International Photography Award. Honourable mention.
USA

2012
National Geographic Magazine Award.
First prize in category: Reportage
Poland

2011
National Geographic International Photography Contest. Second prize.
UK & Ireland

Contact

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