( updated until July 2021 )
Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski was born in Oosterhout in 1949 and studied at the Academie St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands. In 1970 he graduated in photography and free graphic art at the Koninklijke Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. After graduation he started working independently and exclusively on his own photography.
The photography of Michel Szulc Krzyzanowski can be divided in two fields. On the one hand he makes autonomous-conceptual photography on a deserted beach in Mexico. This work is exhibited in museums and galleries and purchased by art-collections. On the other hand he makes autonomous-documentary photography that is published in books, magazines and newspapers and presented in exhibitions.
In 1971 he exhibited for the first time his photo sequences, in the Noord-Brabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. In 1972 he had his first exhibition abroad with his photo sequences in the Camden Arts Centre in London, UK. As of then, his sequences have been widely exhibited and purchased by major museums and art-collectors worldwide. Three photo-books have been published of his sequences. In order to avoid epigonism he stopped making sequences in 1985 and in 1995 he started to work again on his former sequences-location in Mexico. A new body of work was created called the VISTA-series: monumental color images. A photo-book of this work was published called “VISTA”. (Focus Publishing Inc., ISBN-nr: 9789072216779.) VISTA-pictures are widely exhibited as well and are purchased by important art-collections. From the year 2000 Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski made art-videos on the former sequence and VISTA locations in Mexico but in 2006 returned to making single images again. Resulting in the photo-book "The PS-series". The same beach at El Triple, Baja California,, Mexico has been used now as a theatre for his autonomous-conceptual work for over 30 years.
His autonmous-conceptual photography: sequences, VISTA-pictures and the PS-series have been exhibited a.o. in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Centre Beaubourg in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne and in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, who also acquired his work for their art-collections. Four photo-books have been published with his conceptual images.
In 2000 Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski moved from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to live and work in Cadaques, Spain where he made autonomous-conceptual work in the Parc Natural Cabo de Creus: the Punta Prima-series. In 2005 he left Cadaques to live and work in a permanent mobile way without a home anymore.
His autonomous-documentary photography has a conceptual foundation as well. He works on the basis of his own ideas, such as the photo-project ‘Henny’. An arbitrary chosen Dutch woman who has been followed photographically in her daily life since her 16th year for over 36 years. These pictures have been published so far in six photo-books. Many of his photo projects were related to the Third World, such as ‘Gewoon Afrika’(Ordinary Africa): the life of four inhabitants in a small village in Zimbabwe during three months. As of 1998 Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski works on his “World of…” photo-projects. “World of love” (about how people worldwide love each-other within a family), “World of Energy” (20 different ways of producing and consuming energy worldwide), “World of little heroes” (two 9-year old physically challenged girls: Hasina in Bangladesh and Samantha in Canada compared in pictures), “The most beautiful people in the world” (People responding to announcements in newspapers when asked if they believe they happen to be the most beautiful in the world) and "What the world has never seen" (People worldwide who show what nobody has ever seen before). So far 13 photo-books have been published with his autonomous-documentary photography. There have been countless magazine- and newspaper publications as well as exhibitions.