About Michael Kowalczyk

Portrait of Michael Kowalczyk - Photo by J.Ruszkiewicz

Michael Kowalczyk – Photo by J.Ruszkiewicz

Michael was born in Wroclaw, Poland. By the end of the 1980s his family emigrated to the city of Aachen in Germany. After finishing tertiary education he started to work as Multimedia Specialist. In 2003 he bought his first digital camera and started to make photographs in public. During the following years, he continued to improve his knowledge and skills through formal and informal education and workshops in the field of Street- and Documentary Photography. After two group art exhibitions in 2009 and 2010, his photo works became published in online and print publications, including Edge of Humanity and the EyeEm Magazine. After moving to NYC in 2015 he started to work as Teaching Assistant in the International Center of Photography School and became involved with the local Street Photography community. He worked with and learned from internationally renowned photographers such as Natan Dvir and Jeff Mermelstein. Huffington Post writer Michael Sweet attributed him an “exceptional talent in his urban compositions”.

Michael is living in Konstanz and continues working on the STREETphototTIP Project –  http://streetphototip.com


Competitions and Awards

    • Frozen NYC 2017 Michael Kowalczyk

      Frozen, NYC 2017

  • 2018 – Pentaxforums.com Photo Contest May “People, Candid or Street” – Winner
    • Smokey Coat NYC 2017 Michael Kowalczyk

      Smokey Coat, NYC 2017

  • 2018 – SPi Street Photography International Awards – Finalist
    • Closeup Dreams Fort Tilden NYC 2016 Michael Kowalczyk

      Closeup Dreams, Fort Tilden, NYC, 2016

  • 2017 – ΦΩS ATHENS – Finalist
    • Window NYC 2017 Michael Kowalczyk

      Window, NYC 2017

  • 2017 – EyeEm Photo Awards 2017 – Finalist (The Street Photographer)
    • Exit On Wall Street NYC 2017 Michael Kowalczyk

      Exit On Wall Street, NYC 2017

  • 2017 – Urban Street Dive Contest 2017 – 2nd place
    • Rain Rush NYC 2017 Michael Kowalczyk

      Rain Rush, NYC 2017

  • 2016 – #ShotONALeica Instagram Contest during Art Basel – Winner
    • Fly Away Miami 2016 Michael Kowalczyk

      Fly Away, Miami 2016

  • 2015 – Pfarrei St. Jakob Contest “Weg” – 2nd place

Publications (Print)

Publications (Online)

Exhibitions (Group)

  • 2019 – Xposure, Expo Center, Sharjah, UAE
  • 2019 – Street Photo Milano, Milano, IT
  • 2018 – History Miami Museum, Miami, US
  • 2018 – Leica Store & Cafe Mayfair, London, UK
  • 2015 – EyeEm Container @ Photoville in Brooklyn, NYC, US
  • 2010 – Video exhibition, Urban Styles 3.0, “Aachen Tilt Shift” in the Raststätte, Aachen, GER (Link)
  • 2009 – Photo exhibition, Urban Styles 2.0, “Klingeln” in the Raststätte, Aachen, GER (Video)

Learning Photography

Teaching Photography

Stock Photography

Camera Gear

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