Arkadiusz Podniesiński – b. 1972. Traveller, technical diver, photographer and filmmaker. His first encounter with photography came at age 9 when he received his first camera – a Smena 8M – as a Communion present. It has been his constant companion ever since, although he occasionally likes to exchange it for a video camera. Over the years he has even taken it under water, discovering the intriguing history of sunken WWII ships. In 2007 and 2008 he brought out the documentary films “Wrecks of the Baltic” and “Technical Diving”.
He has spent many years visiting dozens of countries on all continents. Since 2008 he has regularly been visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which has resulted in the creation of two documentary films entitled “Alone in the Zone” (2011 and 2013). In 2012 he travelled around Africa working on the photographic project “Lost Souls – the Hidden World of Animism”. The studio portraits of African tribes taken during this trip can now be seen in museums and galleries all around Poland.
The author of numerous articles and images in printed and internet press (FOCUS Historia, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Der Spiegel, CKM, Voyage) and documentary films and reports (TVN, TVN24, PLANETE).
arek (at) podniesinski (dot) pl