Mariusz Smiejek

Freelance documentary and portrait photographer, born in Poland in 1978. His work is dedicated to expose issues of post-conflict territories and societies. Mariusz lives in Belfast since 2011 and has been documenting a long term project about the transition and everyday life in Northern Ireland during the peace process since 2010.
Since 2017 he is also focus on refugee and migrants from Western Africa lives in Europe.
In 2019 he start new work around reasons of migration from West Africa.
He works as an associate with the Belfast-based Institute for Conflict Research.

Clients include DPA - Deutsche Presse Agentur, Politico, Die Welt, Le Temps, Gazeta Wyborcza and Wydawnictwo Czarne.

Also, some of his pictures were published in The New York Times, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, The British Journal of Photography, Time, BBC, Politico, Boston Review, Die Welt, Le Temps, Black+White Photography, The National, De Volkskrant, DR, Vision Project, Duzy Format, Wysokie Obcasy, Open Democracy, FotoEvidence among many others.

Additionally, he work as a commercial photographer and a photography tutor in United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.

Honors & Awards

   2019 - Art Council of Northern Ireland & The National Lottery Travel Award
   2019 - Monovision Photography Award, honorable mention in category: Portrait, series - London, UK
   2018 - Grand Press Photo, Poland - second prize in category: Daily life, series
   2018 - Grand Press Photo, Poland - shortlisted in category: Portrait
   2017 - Grand Press Photo, Poland - second prize in category: People, series
   2016 - The Other Hundred project - Educators - UK winner, Hong Kong, China
   2015 - National Geographic Photo Contest, Polish edition - special mention
   2014 - Northern Ireland story were Honorable Mentioned by Magnum Photos agency in photo competition
                 in Fotofestiwal Lódz, Poland
   2013 - Two pictures were commanded in Sony World Photography Awards competition, London, UK
   2012 - A series of pictures were Honorable Mentioned in International Photography Award
                in Los Angeles, USA
   2012 - The series of pictures from Northern Ireland won first prize in the Polish edition of
                National Geographic competition in the reportage category
   2011 - Second prize in National Geographic UK & Ireland International Photography Contest



    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
   2016 - Opportunity Art Gallery, Shankill rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland (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


   2019 - "Dream Slaves" Fa La Cosa Giusta - Milan, Italy
   2018 - Grand Press Photo exhibition in several cities in Poland
   2018 - Portraits, Sisters, The Andrews Gallery at Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
   2018 - Portraits, Women of The Peninsula, Georgian Gallery, Ards Arts Center, Northern Ireland, UK
   2017 - Grand Press Photo exhibition in 16 main cities in Poland
   2017 - The Other Hundred - photo book exhibition, Educators, Hong Kong.
   2015 - National Geographic Magazine contest exhibition in a several cities in Poland
   2013 - Somerset House London, UK - Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
   2012 - National Geographic Magazine contest exhibition, Poznan, Warsaw, Rybnik, Krakow, Gdansk - Poland.

   2007 - Candid Arts Gallery - Angel, London, UK.

 © 2020 by Mariusz Smiejek, all rights reserved.

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