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Soon the premiere of the album “Adolf Duszek. Photographer of Warsaw” will take place. The publication published by the Bielany District Office presents hitherto unknown photographs of Warsaw in the 1950s and 1960s, meticulously selected from the photographer’s huge, multi-thematic collection.

At the beginning of 2021, in the nooks and crannies of the Duszko family’s house in Stare Bielany, photographs were found – mostly in the form of negatives – hitherto unknown photographs by Adolf Duszek (1902-1998). Most of the found negatives saw the light of day for the first time after almost 70 years. The Bielańska Fototeka team (collecting archival photographs of the district) found out about the discovery by accident. The photographer’s family expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Bielany District Office on the release of the album.

“It’s an honor for us to be able to release an album. I know how important it is to disseminate the memory of past generations of Varsovians and the history of the place where we live. Since 2019, we have been running the Bielańska Fototeka project. It serves to build intergenerational ties among the residents of the district by sharing memories, experiences and experiences, the source and inspiration of which are old photographs from home archives – says Grzegorz Pietruczuk, mayor of the Bielany district.

Photographs of Warsaw and Bielany in the 1950s and 1960s

As the town hall in Bielany recalls, the photographer immortalized, among other things, images of Warsaw rising from the war damage: the ruins and reconstruction of the Old Town, carters emptying the capital of rubble, bricklayers erecting old town tenement houses, people returning to the heavily wounded city, new architecture. He also persistently recorded the residents, streets and nature of Bielany on film.

The album presents photographs of Warsaw and Bielany in the 1950s and 1960s, selected from a huge, multi-thematic collection of hitherto unknown photographs by Adolf Duszek. The selection of photographs was made and provided with comments by Joanna Rolińska, journalist and Varsavianist, and Mateusz Napieralski, archaeologist, expert on the history of Bielany, Warsaw consultation was provided by Ryszard Mączewski, co-founder of the warszawa1939.pl portal. The photos were digitized and retouched by the photographer’s grandson, Maciej Anioł.

The introduction to the album was written by the son of the graphic photographer, Roman Duszek.

The premiere of the publication will take place on March 14 at 18:00 in the auditorium of the Bielany District Office at ul. Żeromskiego 29 (entrance from ul. Jarzębskiego).

Main photo source: Adolf Duszek

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