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For its first participation at Paris Photo, the gallery will exhibit (booth A9) the work of Tomasz Machciński.

Tomasz Machciński, a Polish mechanic born in 1942, produced some 22,000 photographic self-portraits over a period of almost half a century. When this war orphan was given, as a child, an ambiguous autograph by American actress Joan Tompkins, he imagined for twenty years that she was his mother. When reality caught up with him, the young Machcinski embarked on a frantic quest for identity, from 1966 – a decade before Cindy Sherman.

Discovered not long ago, his iconic works have been exhibited since 2019 at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles festival, in the “Photo brut” section, and are now part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Museum of Photography in Krakow (Poland). All the prints presented are unique.

Paris Photo will also organize a panel discussion on brut photography with Marc Donnadieu, Bruno Decharme, Corinne Rondeau and Christian Berst on Saturday, November 13 from 2 to 3 pm.

More information about the event : click here.

Artworks
Please contact us to inquire about the available works.
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Tomasz Machcinski untitled, 2010
11.02 x 14.96 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Tomasz Machcinski untitled, 1997
2.76 x 3.94 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Tomasz Machcinski untitled, 2016
11.42 x 14.96 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Tomasz Machcinski untitled, 1993
2.76 x 3.94 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Tomasz Machcinski untitled, 2010
11.42 x 14.96 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Tomasz Machcinski untitled, 2000
3.54 x 4.33 in
Artist
Tomasz Machcinski
Tomasz Machcinski - © christian berst — art brut

At a very young age, Tomasz Machciński built an identity around an autograph, addressed to him by an actress he believed to be his mother. From this confusion, which lasted more than twenty years, a protean and personal mythology was born that reconstructs the artist. As the image of the Ovidian myth, or Gregor Samsa, Tomasz Machciński cannot be described. Indeed, his work consists of over 22 000 self-portraits of as many different physiognomies. Exhibited in 2019 at the Rencontres de la Photographie, his works are already part of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Museum of Photography in Krakow (Poland) as well as the collection abcd/Bruno Decharme.

Press review
PARIS PHOTO 2021. Collages. Maquillage. Travestissement.
Florence De Mèredieu, Florence De Meredieu - Journal Ethnographique. November 19, 2021.
Christian Berst présente le photographe Tomasz Machcinski - Paris Photo 2021
Captation Vidéo Par éric Dubois-Geoffroy & Camille Franco, OPENEYE-Le Magazine. November 14, 2021.
Aus der Distanz
Bernhard Schulz, Der Tagesspiegel. November 14, 2021.
À Paris Photo, l’absurdité de la condition humaine anime les allées du Grand Palais
Dominique Chapuis, Télérama Sortir. November 13, 2021.
conversation : what is art brut photography all about?
Marc Donnadieu, Corinne Rondeau, Bruno Decharme, Christian Berst, Paris Photo - La Plateforme, Youtube. November 13, 2021.
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Paris Photo 2021 en 10 images
Baudouin Eschapasse, Le Point. November 13, 2021.
Bon démarrage pour Paris Photo
Alexandre Crochet, The Art Newspaper Daily. November 12, 2021.
Chronique d’Isabel Pasquier sur l’œuvre de Tomasz Machcinski (à partir de 11”20)
Isabel Pasquier, France Inter. November 12, 2021.
Nos 8 coups de cœur, entre beau et étrange, à Paris Photo
Valérie Duponchelle Et Béatrice De Rochebouët, Le Figaro. November 12, 2021.
Paris Photo 2021 : panorama de la création photographique en huit images
Christophe Airaud, France Info : Culture. November 11, 2021.
Paris Photo 2021, demandez le programme
La Rédaction, Phototrend. November 11, 2021.
Vom Glück der visuellen Überforderung
Freddy Langer, Faz. November 11, 2021.
Tomasz Machcinski : 22 000 autoportraits !
S.B., Le Quotidien De L’art - Paris Photo. November 11, 2021.
La photo anonyme et son halo de mystère envoûtent les collectionneurs
Roxana Azimi, Le Monde. November 10, 2021.
Paris Photo 2021, une édition presque normale
Christine Coste, Le Journal Des Arts. November 10, 2021.
Les bruits du temps à Paris Photo
Christine Coste, Le Journal Des Arts. November 10, 2021.
La foire internationale “Paris Photo” investit le Grand Palais Éphémère
Chloé Ronchin, CNews. November 9, 2021.
Autoportraitiste aux mille visages
Laurène Flinois, Beaux Arts Magazine. October 17, 2021.
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