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- Author Jan Motyka
- Date of production 1970s
- Place of creation Kraków, Poland
- Dimensions height: 50.3 cm, width: 39.7 cm
- ID no. MHF 3082/II
- Object copyright Museum of Photography in Kraków
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, MuFo
- Digitalisation Museum of Photography in Kraków
Photomontage: a white plane of the Main Market Square, the Adam Mickiewicz Monument, the Cloth Hall, outlines of the Wawel Castle and churches — all made of black paper columns with white letters overprinted. What draws our attention is the calendar page dated “March 8, International Women’s Day.”more
Photomontage: a white plane of the Main Market Square, the Adam Mickiewicz Monument, the Cloth Hall, outlines of the Wawel Castle and churches — all made of black paper columns with white letters overprinted. What draws our attention is the calendar page dated “March 8, International Women’s Day.”
The art photograph by Jan Motyka represents Kraków’s Main Market Square from an elevated viewpoint (a view from a house near św. Jana Street). It is a black and white picture made with the gelatine and silver technique. The artist employed a photomontage technique and pseudo-solarisation. The plane of the Main Market Square is a white plane with silhouettes of pedestrians. You can see flower stalls, the legendary former pool (a pyramidal fountain was built in its place), the Adam Mickiewicz Monument, the Cloth Hall building, the St. Adalbert’s Church. In the background: the outlines of the Wawel Castle and Kraków churches covered with black newspaper columns printed over with white letters (cultural news, including, among other things, a calendar sheet — March 8, International Women’s Day; other inscriptions: “Theatre, Radio, Television”).
The photograph was taken in the 1970s. Women's Day was a greatly celebrated holiday at that time; it is celebrated to this day. Was it an artistic gift for Women’s Day instead of a flower?
The pond in the Main Market Square is associated with a legend dating back to World War II, saying that when the towers of St. Mary’s Church behold themselves in the water, the German occupier will lose power in Kraków. And so it happened indeed.
Elaborated by Małgorzata Kanikuła (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved
See other photos by Jan Motyka on the website of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums:
Photograph “Kraków's architecture. City Hall at Wolnica Square” by Jan Motyka
Photograph “Kraków's architecture. The Cloth Hall in Kraków” by Jan Motyka
Photograph “Wawel: Cathedral's courtyard” by Jan Motyka