Tomasz Tomaszewski: The World Is Where You Stop
A journey around the world in search of human nature. The World Is Where You Stop is a critical look at our reality, where good and evil, euphoria and suffering, wealth and poverty, virtue and licentiousness, coexist side by side. For over 40 years of his career, Tomasz Tomaszewski, one of Poland’s most outstanding photographers, has recorded situations that are difficult to pass by indifferently.
Shocking juxtapositions of photos, like shots from mondo films documentaries, make you reflect on the condition of contemporary man and the world he both lives in and creates. Sometimes the frames emanate the artist’s admiration for the beauty and power of nature, sometimes one can see his overwhelming fear or musings on our humanity.
150 black-and-white images do not explain how it happened that we have ended up in a place like this. Instead, they ask questions about where our world is headed and what we can expect at the end of the road.
Built as a coherent, multi-threaded story, the book is a cross-sectional presentation of Tomasz Tomaszewski’s work and includes many pictures that have never been previously published.
About the Author
Tomasz Tomaszewski has a Ph.D. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and is a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers, the Visum Archiv Agency of Hamburg, Germany, the National Geographic Creative Agency of Washington D.C., and the American Society of Media Photographers.
He specializes in journalistic photography and has had his photos published in major newspapers and magazines worldwide including National Geographic Magazine, Stern, Paris Match, GEO, New York Times, Time, Fortune, Elle, Vogue. He has also authored a number of books, including Remnants: The Last Jews of Poland, Gypsies: The Last Ones; In Search of America, In the Centre, Astonishing Spain, A Stone’s Throw, Overwhelmed by the Atmosphere of Kindness, Things that last, and has co-illustrated over a dozen collective works. He has held numerous individual exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan, Brazil, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Indonesia and Poland. Tomasz is the recipient of many Polish and international awards for photography. For over thirty years he has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine USA in which eighteen of his photo essays have been published. Tomasz has taught photography in Poland, the USA, Germany and Italy.