Maciej Dakowicz is a Polish photographer that juxtaposes the grittiness of life on the streets with those fleeting moments of brilliance that only the camera is able to capture.

Maciej Dakowicz moved across the world in pursuit of inspiration, conjured up narratives that go below the surface of the image. His work presents the viewer with a unique, and often times humorous, representation of cities as diverse as Mumbai, Istanbul, and Tokyo. Within these cities, Dakowicz juxtaposes capitalism and all that comes with it — from excess to tourism to commodification — with a sense of rebelliousness. He bawdily captures figures quite literally pissing in the face of commercialism, a man wearing a t-shirt with seductive lips on the front preparing chunks of meat, and an individual attempting to take a photo with a disposable camera facing the wrong way.

Dakowicz’s position as outsider and insider that allows him to so aptly catch the things that most of us miss with our naked eye. Speaking about the photography project that shot Dakowicz to fame, ‘Cardiff by night’, he comments “I am an outsider but I also interact. I am not a sneaky photographer,” and this is no more obvious than in his latest travel photographs.

Maciej is a Polish photographer, traveler and educator. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science but abandoned science in 2009 to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff and member of the international street photography collective In-Public. He has worked on various photographic projects, judged numerous photography competitions, organized and lead countless photography workshops and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography. Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled in two major street photography books published by Thames & Hudson – “Street Photography Now” in 2010 and “The World Atlas of Street Photography” in 2014. Maciej’s first monograph “Cardiff After Dark” was published in October 2012. Maciej is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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