(b.1993), is a London-based, Polish born photographer. In July 2015, she graduated from BA Fine Art Photography at Camberwell College of Arts.
Returning to her hometown in Eastern Poland, Korobkiewicz was struck by the contrasts that existed within these small towns, and began documenting what she saw. Focussing on architecture and its abstract qualities; using shadows, sharp contrasts and geometry, she assembled a strange assortment of images – shabby suburban nightclubs, pastel-coloured apartment blocks, and all manner of kitsch aesthetic details.
Her work was selected for Creative Review Talent Spotting project in association with Creative Translation and JCDecaux. She was featured in the 2015 edition of Creative Review Photography Annual, The Calvert Journal, This Is Paper, Contemporary Lynx, Zwykle Zycie Magazine and other publications. Her photobook ‘Disco Polo’ was shortlisted for Bar Tur Photobook Award 2015 organised by the Photographer’s Gallery and was exhibited as a part of Instanbul Photobook Festival 2016, Warsaw Art Book Fair and Lisbon’s 7th Photobook Festival. In October 2016, Disco Polo was on display at Art Bermondsey Project Space, London as a part of her first solo exhibition.
PERSPECTIVES is produced in collaboration with Camberwell Press as an outcome of Camberwell Book Prize 2016. This publication documents everyday street views and architecture.
Korobkiewicz photographs objects that enter our ordinary field of vision – street corners, fences, staircases, and walls –and assembles them into considered studies on colour and composition. Forms we process passively acquire new meaning and are re-imagined into deft arrangements through a range of lighting and cropping techniques.
There is a dynamism beaming throughout the book, as the corners of images spill onto following pages, echoing the meandering of city streets. The viewer is guided on a tour of housing blocks, steered along a series of steps, elevations, platforms, and balconies. Familiar landscapes are intensified through repetition and sequencing, injecting the pages with movement. Perspectives decodes the classical method of studying images – the focus is not on the individual image, but rather a collective series.
Korobkiewicz argues, “the book is intended to extend the viewer’s experience of viewing the photographs featured inside it.” Compiled of segments from all the images inside the book, the cover possesses a ‘step-like’ quality. Architectural nuances embedded in the book’s format shift the viewer from simply observing the images to interacting with them, retracing the steps and paths of the everyday.
Maggie Kuzan, London 2017