Marcela Paniak


Marcela Paniak
Warsaw, Poland


She deals with the topic of family photography and such aspects as identity, representation, image. She creates the project “Photographs of the Paniak family” which is around her own person. She experiments with portraying herself under a changed name to check common photographic uses among various social groups.




Student of doctoral studies at the Film School in Łódź (2016-2020).

Student of photography studies at the Film School in Łódź (2010-2015).

Student of French studies at the University of Łódź (2014-2017).


Member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers (2012-…).

Member of the Łódź Photographic Society (2009-…).


Archivist at the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw (2018-…).

Business representative of the archiving service at DiFactory company in Warsaw (2021 -…).


Activist in the network of social archives in Poland (2017-…).


Participant of individual and collective photo exhibitions in Poland and abroad (2010-…).


Author of photographs in photographic magazines (2011-…).


Author of texts about photography (2020-…).


Editor of the TON photo magazine of the Film School in Łódź (2020-…).


Scholarship holder of the Minister of Science and Higher Education (2014-2015).


Nominated at the “Prix Découverte” competition as part of the “Les Renconntres d’Arles” photo festival in France (2013).


Winner of the Polish final of the French competition “Ma thèse en 180 secondes” (2019).


Leading the workshops about archival photography for students of the Film School in Łódź (2017).


Leading the workshops about family photography for people of different age groups (2018, 2019).


Curator of projects around photo albums (2020).