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A wedding party in a restaurant, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1991. Photograph: Witold Krassowski


Ship builders and snow eaters: forgotten lives in the frame – in pictures

Witold Krassowski has witnessed countries such as India, Afghanistan and his native Poland undergo huge transformations – yet he always kept his camera trained on the lives of ordinary people

 

All photographs by Witold Krassowski

 

Snow eater in front of the railway station, Katowice, Poland, 1988

Snow eater in front of the railway station, Katowice, Poland, 1988

There are many previously unpublished photographs in Witold Krassowski’s latest photobook, depicting everyday lives in Poland, Bulgaria, Tanzania, Peru, Russia, Afghanistan, Italy, Mongolia and more. One of his themes is joy – the festivals, the discos and the catching of snowflakes on the tongue. Sackcloth and Ashes by Witold Krassowski is published by GOST Books. All photographs: Witold Krassowski

 

 

Fiesta in Laykakota, a quarter in Puno, Peru, 2008

Fiesta in Laykakota, a quarter in Puno, Peru, 2008

Krassowski focuses on the lives of common citizens rather than politicians or those in other positions of power

 

 

A young patient in the Ophthalmology unit of a hospital. Warsaw, Poland 1986

A young patient in the ophthalmology안과 unit of a hospital in Warsaw, Poland, 1986

His black and white photographs, all shot on film, show the universal markers of our lives: births, marriages and deaths. He photographed lumberjacks벌목꾼, miners, tailors and chimney sweeps, and also captured the homeless, sick and imprisoned

 

 

The bride and bridesmaid during a wedding celebrations in Fakulteta, a Gypsy district of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1991See more on this picture - link Sunday 17th big pic piece https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/series/the-big-picture

The bride and bridesmaid during a wedding celebrations in Fakulteta, a Gypsy district of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1991

Krassowski has often been drawn to little moments of reflection and hope in lives characterised by hardship and struggle, as Tim Adams explains in Sunday’s Big Picture

 

 

A wedding party in a restaurant, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1991

A wedding party in a restaurant, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1991

The girl standing on the table is being offered as a potential bride, with her parents inviting negotiations on price. The wedding would not take place immediately, but suitors were often found early. Child marriage is still commonplace in Afghanistan, despite being illegal

 

 

A worker leaving a ship in construction in Gdansk Shipyard, 1990

A worker leaving a ship in construction in Gdansk shipyard, 1990

Krassowski’s best-known images are the ones he took during the transformation of his native Poland following the end of communism in 1989

 

 

A bar open all night in the Flower Market, Warsaw, Poland, 1983

A bar open all night in the Flower Market, Warsaw, Poland, 1983

In Krassowski’s own words: ‘The projects, from which these images originate, are covered in dust in a few reference libraries. They are dead, and should remain so, as their interest hardly survives the circumstances that originated them. In this book, however, I hope to keep alive a little longer what unites them: my personal approach, a sense of deep unity beyond cultures’

 

 

The voters in a small village near lake Khövsgöl prepare lottery coupons for a draw, solving a crossword, after a meeting with the opposition leader Lamjavyn Gündalai, during the electoral campaign in 2004. Mongolia, 2004

Electoral campaign, Mongolia, 2004

Voters in a small village near Lake Khövsgöl홉스굴 prepare lottery coupons for a draw and try to solve a crossword after a meeting with the opposition leader Lamjavyn Gündalai, during the electoral campaign in 2004

 

 

Life in Kabul under Najibullah, The only pastime: watching a Hindu movie crew filming in the streets. Kabul, Afghanistan, 1991

Kabul, Afghanistan, 1991

Life in Kabul under Najibullah. People have climbed a tree to watch a Hindu movie crew filming in the streets

 

 

Tel Aviv, Israel 1992

Tel Aviv, Israel, 1992

Krassowski says: ‘It is important to me that the impact of political events can be understood from the point of view of the ordinary people in their ordinary lives. For many of my subjects, their stories would be long forgotten’

 

 

Romanian Gypsies set up home in the Warsaw East railway station, on their way to the West, Warsaw, Poland, 1990

Warsaw, Poland, 1990

Romanian Gypsies set up home in the Warsaw East railway station, on their way to the west


A tailor in the Rosumo Camp, working on a sewing machine transported from Rwanda on a bike. Ngara, Tanzania, 1994

Ngara, Tanzania, 1994

A tailor in the Rusumo refugee camp, working on a sewing machine transported from Rwanda on a bike

 

 

 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, presidential hopeful, distributes small calendars with his picture among the voters in Gródki, commune of Turobin, during his campaign trail. Poland 1995

Campaign trail, Poland, 1995

Presidential hopeful Aleksander Kwaśniewski distributes small calendars bearing his picture among voters in Gródki during his campaign trail