Clear of People
195 x 255 mm
Michal Iwanowski’s photobook Clear of People documents a 2,200km solitary journey that echoes his grandfather’s daring escape from soviet captivity in 1945.
This visual journey comes from the photographer’s personal archive as the project re‑enacts the map drawn by and inherited from his uncle. It begins in Russia, where Michal’s grandfather was kept as a prisoner‑of‑war together with his brother. Their daring escape from the camp was followed by a three‑month trek with constant hunger and exhaustion. The two men stayed clear of people, trying to avoid any possibly risky contact. What kept them alive was their longing to return to their family back in Poland.
About the Artist
Born in 1977 in Poland, Michal is currently living and working in Cardiff, Wales. He has an MA in English (University of Wroclaw, Poland, 2002) and an MFA in Documentary Photography (University of Wales, Newport 2008). He is currently working as a freelance photographer and teacher of photography at Ffotogallery, Cardiff.
About the Publisher
Brave Books is an independent publisher with a focus on photography and works that are best conveyed and represented in a book format.