Untitled, from the series 11.41. © Michal Luczak, 2017.

Instagram takeover: Michal Luczak

Michal Luczak becomes our next guest editor for our Instagram takeover, March 2017.

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Michal Luczak (1983) is a PhD student in the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Rep.) and a graduate of Iberian Studies at the University of Silesia. In his work he mainly focuses on Silesia, coal mining district of Poland. Looking on smaller communities, and using them as a metaphor for the whole picture. Michal had published several photo books as an author and as and book editor (“Brutal” 2012 – self-published, “Kolo miejsca/Elelmentarz” 2016 – Czytelnia Sztuki Gallery, “11.41” 2016 – self-published). His work has been awarded in Magnum Expression Award, MioPhotoAward, Polish Publication of the Year. Since 2010, Luczak has been a Sputnik Photos member.

Michal Luczak @m_luczo – today I will present few pictures from a series "New City" I made in 2015 as a part of the Lost Territories project by Sputnik Photos @sputnikphotos. Yangiabad (in Uzbek: New City/ New Construction) was built by the Soviets in the 50’s of the 20th century for the uranium mine workers and their families. At that time Uzbekistan was one of the main uranium raw material bases for the Soviet Union. Yangiabad was a closed city with a strictly limited access. Managed and supplied with the best goods directly from Moscow. Despite of the hard and dangerous work, the people lived there a good life, the miners and engineers were paid very well compared to other workers in Uzbekistan. The uranium mines were definitely closed in the late 80’s officially because there was nothing more to mine for. But most likely the main reason were: to high mining costs and worse quality than, for example the ore from Uchkuduk. Now not more than 280 inhabitants still live in the town. #lostterritories #lta #sputnilphotos

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Michal Luczak @m_luczo – today I will present few pictures from a series "New City" I made in 2015 as a part of the Lost Territories project by Sputnik Photos @sputnikphotos. Yangiabad (in Uzbek: New City/ New Construction) was built by the Soviets in the 50’s of the 20th century for the uranium mine workers and their families. At that time Uzbekistan was one of the main uranium raw material bases for the Soviet Union. Yangiabad was a closed city with a strictly limited access. Managed and supplied with the best goods directly from Moscow. Despite of the hard and dangerous work, the people lived there a good life, the miners and engineers were paid very well compared to other workers in Uzbekistan. The uranium mines were definitely closed in the late 80’s officially because there was nothing more to mine for. But most likely the main reason were: to high mining costs and worse quality than, for example the ore from Uchkuduk. Now not more than 280 inhabitants still live in the town. #lostterritories #lta #sputnilphotos

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