July 29, 2022
IN CONVERSATION WITH WOJCIECH KARLIŃSKI
Photography by Wojciech Karliński
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Wojciech Karliński is a Polish photographer and has been photographing since 1980. His first camera was a Soviet Smiena 8M, which Wojciech would take pictures of his classmates, then a Soviet Zenit TTL. Interested in social reportage, culture and landscape, Wojciech collaborates with some of the biggest publishing houses in his country, with his photos appearing on covers of bestsellers books.
Wojciech shares his project about train stations in Poland. After the fall of communism in Poland in 1989, the railways are in a state of constant transformation, some of them fall into disrepair, some are rebuilt or renovated. The first train station was established in 1842 in Poland. Now is it is a clinic. According to data in 2017, there are 2655 train stations and stops, 268 of them are the busiest ones and 1000 travelers use those every day. In this project, Wojciech wanted to document the small and large stations edited in black and white to highlight their formal and aesthetic side and the impression of emptiness during the pandemic period. People wearing masks, are an anonymous statistician in these spaces. It was an emotional challenge for Wojciech, to be in a space that now is different with an accompanying feeling of alienation and surrealism.
“When using this type of public space, we do not think about its visual side.”