Wiesław Tomaszkiewicz — photographer, operator, mountaineer...

The collection of the Museum of Photography in Kraków contains many photos by the renowned photographer and cinematographer, Wiesław Tomaszkiewicz. He was born on 1 July 1924 in Nowy Sącz and died in 2009. He was a master of Oriental Philology, a cinematographer — he took photos for documentary films — a photographer, a mountaineer and an amateur radioman. His collection of photographs contains almost 54,000 photos, from 1939 to 1990. The oldest photographs show occupied Kraków and the Tomaszkiewicz family.
A significant number of the pictures depict mountaineering, off-road car and motorcycle rallies, movie sets, landscapes, and Polish architecture. Climbing was his passion; already, during World War II, he had been closely associated with the Kraków group of Pokutniks (climbing the rocks near Kraków). He practiced climbing in the first years after the war, in 1948, also in winter. He is the author of photography for many TV programmes related to the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane, Podhale, and the Beskids. The Museum of Photography stores a series of photos, including: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (1955–1965), Motorcycles in the square (1950–1969), a portrait of Epifaniusz Drowniak (Nikifor).

Elaborated by Małgorzata Kanikuła (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved

“Block of flats being constructed — Kraków, Nowa Huta”
“The Lajkonik is offered a treat in front of the Town Hall”