Malwa Grabowska

Edited by Odeta Catana, Photo Editor

Malwa Grabowska

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Could you please tell us a little more about yourself.
I am a ttraveler I am on the road.  I was born in Poland, I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark and currently I reside in NYC. I am all over the place to get connected, to share and gather thoughts and inspirations.

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How did you start taking pictures? Usually there is always the old story of the boy who finds his grandfather’s camera, did that happen to you as well or not?

I got my first camera from my parents when I was around 7. It was an analogue camera KINON 202 with pretty silly looks; super white and super plastic. It was a dream come true. I  took crazy photos with it. That piece of plastic brought me magic that has never stopped and has stimulated my imagination ever since.

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Where does your inspiration comes from?

I am inspired by people; by my lover, my family, my friends and strangers. I am inspired by being close to people, by observing them and relating to them. I am also inspired by my own emotions and feelings, by my solitude. It is also new places I end up at that inspire me and old places all over again.

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In a portrait, what is important for you?

In my own portrait work it is intimacy, even with a stranger. I always try to create an intimate moment  where people would feel at ease and the most of who they are.

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What kind of relationship do you have with your subject when you shoot?

I try to make the camera as invisible as possible. When taking portraits of people I like if  they share secrets with me. I like when when they get surprised. I like when they look inside of who they are. I like confrontations.

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Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?

I don’t think any school is necessary, but it might be worth if it can inspire and advance you. School should always be only the means to getting further, but no destination.

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What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?

I wish I took a photograph of my late great grandmother to whom I was very close and who taught me a great deal. I wish I had a photographic portrait of her besides my own memory.

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What’s your photo-mission?

I want to tell stories of people I photograph, by that I want to share their courage, love, hope, compassion, their success, their struggles, their grit, their perseverance… values which I consider to be contributing to a better state of human relations.

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