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Piotr Malecki

MMW 10: July 2011

Piotr Malecki is a freelance photojournalist based in Warsaw, Poland. He worked as a staff photographer at “Wprost”, a Polish newsweekly magazine, but decided to become independent to be able to concentrate on his own projects and ideas. Since then Piotr has been traveling and working on numerous stories, choosing the ones that move his heart and are important to him as a journalist trying to understand the changing world.


Piotr hopes that with the new exciting possibilities of reporting that have emerged thanks to new technology and the modern ways of reaching the audience, photojournalist can talk louder about important issues and try to make a difference.


Piotr Malecki is a recipient of 13 Polish and international awards for photos and multimedia. He has also participated in solo and group photo exhibitions in Poland, China, USA and New Zealand, including National Geographic Poland exhibition.


Piotr is represented by Panos Pictures.


Piotr participated in the July 2011 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. He had the following to say about his experience:


The workshop was so packed with activity and information that towards the end I was surprised that only one week had passed! These long days brought a lot of new ideas to my head that will certainly prove very useful in the future.

Information about building the scene, about storytelling and workflow was invaluable, very practical and hands on.

I also understand that a well shot and well edited story needs time, resources and careful planning. And the power of a finished piece can be huge; short documentary film thanks to its careful editing, good shots and music can be a real beauty, not only conveying the message, but also releasing emotions, provoking thoughts, raising awareness.

This workshop was also a great team experience for me. It was as a good lesson of technical skills as of communication and cooperation within a group. As a photojournalist I was always more happy to work and shoot alone, but during this workshop I have learned to appreciate the power of teamwork; brainstorming, exchanging ideas, the creative kick that it gives. I think that it can really help achieve better results.

And last, but not least, I need to mention great atmosphere and plenty of humour during workshop. It was a good time.

A Thousand More by Kristina Budelis, Piotr Malecki and Jeff Rhode

A family is determined to give their disabled son a whole and vital life. In the midst of a great burden, one small child – with a seemingly endless supply of love – is the blessing that holds a family together.