Maciej Markowicz (1981) is a Polish photographer and designer based in Berlin and New York.
Having a long-term passion for the medium and its materials, Markowicz uses giant mobilized Camera Obscuras (Latin word for ‘dark room’) to explore the limits of photographic expression by exposing images directly onto large-scale sheets of color photographic paper, creating direct-negative images without film or digital technology.
I am drawn to photography’s alchemical power. the metaphorical and technical potential of the Camera Obscura has fascinated me for many years. Beams of light travel through the eye focusing onto the retina in an identical manner to the way in which a camera lens focuses light onto the film, producing an image. I have traveled back and forth in between countries in Europe and the United States over the last fifteen years. Each place has left a kaleidoscopic impression, partially overwritten every time. my own memories of each place, image, and travel have transformed into visual passages of time and space. This accumulated experience required a specific medium.
In 2010, I began exposing images directly on chromogenic paper, drawn to both the immediacy and purity of this process. This approach allows me to achieve a meditative depiction of light. Symbolically, color negatives represent the latent image of an abstracted memory of the place, an imprint of a time and space. The way in which photographic paper perceives the ambient light is unique and complex. Direct interaction of light and photosensitive material provides an exciting spectrum of photographic possibilities. The images are reversed color negatives: what orange is blue and what magenta is green.