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- Author Wiesław Tomaszkiewicz
- Date of production 1950s
- Place of creation Kraków, Nowa Huta
- Dimensions height: 12.9 cm, width: 17.5 cm
- ID no. MHF 21405/II
- Object copyright Museum of Photography in Kraków
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, MuFo
- Digitalisation Museum of Photography in Kraków
The photograph shows four people: two women, a man, and a boy. They look at the excavator digging the soil out for the foundations and loading it onto the truck. On the right, there is a young woman wearing a braid with a briefcase in her hand, standing with her back turned on the right side of the frame, and a man in a suit.more
The photograph shows four people: two women, a man, and a boy. They look at the excavator digging the soil out for the foundations and loading it onto the truck. On the right, there is a young woman wearing a braid with a briefcase in her hand, standing with her back turned on the right side of the frame, and a man in a suit. On the left, we can see an old woman, wearing a dark headscarf, and a boy, sitting on a beam. It is worth paying attention to the excavator, a block of flats, and the human figures with their backs turned in the foreground; they express the idea that the construction of the housing estate applies to all generations. In the background, the blocks of Nowa Huta are visible. However, Barthes’ punctum is formed by the young woman’s braid and the briefcase in her hand. Is this a move towards individualism?
The characters included in the photograph may belong to one family, which gathered at the construction site to watch the work progress.
On the reverse of the photograph, the author has marked his signature with the black, ink stamp: “Wiesław Tomaszkiewicz/P.O. BOX. 80/30-965 Kraków 69”, and along the upper edge, there is a note in pencil: “NOWA HUTA—CONSTRUCTION OF A HOUSING ESTATE”. The MuFo collections contain numerous views of a housing estate in Nowa Huta, images of Nowa Huta through the lens of Wiesław Tomaszkiewicz, as well as many other photos by this renowned photographer and cinematographer.
Elaborated by Małgorzata Kanikuła (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved