Rafal Milach

In The Car With R
29 notes on photography, Iceland and more

“To do the Ring” is an Icelandic expression that generally refers to travels on Route 1, the highway that encircles the country. To travel this road is something that most Icelanders do at some point in their lives and some even prefer to do it every summer. The reasons for going are of course different but many people probably set out with the idea that on the way they’ll learn more about their fellow Icelanders and native beliefs; that they’ll see more of their country. However, traveling on the Ring Road is a risky business. On the way you might learn something about yourself or your family, regardless of whether they live close to the highway or share the car with you. A lot of journeys on the Ring Road have ended in divorce but as a result of others, babies have been born. And there is no guarantee that you’ll learn more about Iceland on the way. When it comes to traveling (and photography?), what you see matters less than the way you look at it.

text © Huldar Breidfjord

Rafal Milach – is a photographer, book artist, representant of a photo collective Sputnik Photos. His pictures and books have been awarded with World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Magnum Expression Awards, Photography Book Now and New York Photo Festival awards. Rafal’s work has been exhibited in C/O Berlin, Zacheta National Gallery of Art and MoCA Shanghai. In 2007 Rafal took part in World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Works in collections of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Brandts Museum for Kunst and Visuel Kultur. He lectures in Institute for Creative Photography in Opava.

- POYi  – The best photography book – winner / Missouri, USA (2012)
- Magnum Expression Award 2011- honorary mention / New York, USA (2012)
- Photography Book Now – winner in Documentary Book category / New York / USA (2011)
- New York Photo Festival – Jury’s Choice Grand Prize / New York, USA (2011)
- New York Photo Festival – 1’st prize in category Advertisement / New York, USA (2011)
- New York Photo Festival – honorable mention in Photo Book Project / New York, USA (2011)
- Photography Book Now – Grand Prize / New York / USA (2009)
- POYi – II prize, for picture story in category Science, Natural History / Missouri / USA (2009)
- World Press Photo – I prize for picture story in category Arts and Entertainment / Amsterdam / the Netherlands (2008)

18-28 September, Photoville, NYC
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands

19 September, 6:00 pm – artist talk and slideshow „Polish Photography”