The most inventive use of photography I’ve seen up to date was by 2 guys: Bartholomew
“Bartek’’ Zylla and Christopher “Wit” Witkowski from Strzybnica, Poland. Both are
fascinating artists, and very skilled photographers. Using their combined skills, in 2006
they created Stowarzyszenie Projekt Strzybnica, a website documenting in pictures the
cultural events of the town and its neighboring cities, creating a gallery with 1000’s of
photographs, also preserving memories of the town’s past by collecting archival photos,
creating a photography group ‘’Narybex’’for the local youth, giving them the skills and
developing in them a passion for photography.
Last but not least, for the last 11 years, on the Monday following Easter they organize
and bring to life a very special event, called “Group Photo”, it takes place at the
Amphitheater (which they had painted by a Graffiti Artist, and it features local
landmarks). Everyone living in the town is invited, and a photo is being taken. Over 150
people now attend this annual event. Copies of the Group Photo are then being
distributed free of charge to all attendees.
Through their inventive use of Photography Bartholomew and Christopher are
preserving the town’s past, create lasting memories of its present, and are educating the
youth so their photographic legacy will continue in the ages to come.
And that’s the pinnacle of photography’s importance.