Ania Szawczukiewicz was born and raised in Communist Poland by her grandparents. Everyone in her family had a camera and every drawer was full of photographs. Her earliest memory is that of her mother developing her B&W photographs in their little bathroom and hanging them out to dry on the balcony.
Ania remembered sitting cross-legged for hours watching them dry. Everyone she knew took photos; they were mainly B&W, as B&W film was much cheaper in those days, and so her love for monochrome Photography was born. It's rawness, moodiness and the many shades of grey - just like the sentiments and moods of those times - made and make B&W film the perfect medium for capturing the emotions of just about anything.
Ania Szawczukiewicz loves documentary and photojournalistic photography - ‘I love honest and candid shots – caught in a moment rather than posed or staged – so I always continue shooting, trying to get that unintentional snapshot, which then usually ends up being the best one’.
Ania has currently relocated back to Europe where she spends most of her days photographing every step she takes. Szawczukiewicz has worked and works with some amazing people and artists, and continues to learn and improve herself as an artist every day.
Futhermore, she has been taking her ‘Fine Art Photography’ for a few years now; selling her work previously in Australia and now in Europe.