Wojciech Plewinski was born in Warsaw in 1928 in free Poland. He initially studied architecture but quickly developed into a free-lance photographer. In Poland, he became famous for his theater photography and his portraits of women for the renowned magazine Przekroj. But it is ultimately his free reportage that defines the great artistic quality of his work.
Wojciech Plewinski feels related to the French humanist photographers of the 1950s, Robert Doisneau, Edouard Boubat, and sometimes Henri Cartier-Bresson.
His theater photography, was greatly admired by directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Jarocki, Konrad Swinarski, Jozef Szajna and the first performances of Kristian Lupa.
He was successful in capturing the dynamics of Polish theater … which was among the world’s best.
Plewinski grew up in a war-scarred Poland. After this gray period, his first trip abroad took place to Italy (1957). This trip with a first stop in Vienna meant a culture shock for him. He discovered Italy in winter, a pure country without tourists. It gave him a huge boost in the development of his mobile reportage photography, resulting in a remarkable Italian series.