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Information about the photo archive of Michel Szulc Krzyzanowski

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

The enormous photo archive of Michel Szulc Krzyzanowski occupied two large rooms in his house in Cadaques, Spain, where he was based. The photo-archive consisted of correspondence, documentation, original prints, negatives, slides and CD’s covering a period from 1967 until now.

In the course of 2005 Michel Szulc Krzyzanowski decided to give up his house in Cadaques, Spain, and start a permanent mobile existence. Not to have a house anymore but to live and work all around the world. Staying in one of his two motorhomes, with friends and in hotels. In the Fall of 2005 he gave away most of his belongings and left Cadaques with one suitcase on December 12.

The photo-archive was very good taken care of. It not only contains all the work, documentation and correspondence made between 1967 and 2005. It also documents an era in photography.

A truck moved all the correspondence and documentation to the Prentenkabinet of the Rijks Universiteit, Leiden, the Netherlands, in November 2005. All that material has been researched and archived and is adopted into the collection of the Rijks Universiteit.

All the original prints of archivable quality have been purchased by the Nederlands Foto Archief in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and adopted into their collection.

The original prints, among which are many sequences from between 1970 and 1985, having a market value between 8 to 10.000 Euros, are now with Galerie Baudoin Lebon in Paris, France, available for collectors and exhibitions. See http://www.baudoin-lebon.com/ and contact baudoin.lebon@wanadoo.fr

All the black-and-white and color negatives and the color slides, more than 300.000 images, were trucked to family in Poland.

What is the motivation for these actions?

Innovation and expansion are the ingredients of a constant process in the work of Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski.

The effectiveness of this process is strongly influenced by the context in which to live and work.

At the time, in 2000, this was the major reason not to continue to live and work in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Now, after 5 years, the context of Cadaques, Spain as well is not constructive, fruitful and inspiring enough anymore.

In the next context in which to live and work, a permanent mobile existence without a house, is no more room to have an enormous archive.

This is exactly the intention because it is a psychological relief to step out of the heavy shadow of the results of 38 years of photographing.

To look back and to remain connected to the past makes looking ahead and continuing pioneering difficult and probably impossible.

Separating from a photo archive and from being fixed in one place opens opportunities for even more innovation and expansion.