BLOW UP PRESS, when the story matters

25 September 2019 @ 10:00 – 26 September 2019 @ 21:30
Via Medardo Rosso
19, 20159 Milano MI
Giulia Zorzi
+39 02 4548 1569

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Aneta Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kosmala


Aneta Kowalczyk, Grzegorz Kosmala + Lorenzo Castore

September 25 talk and booksigning / with Lorenzo Castore and Francesco M. Cataluccio at FM
September 26 portfolio reviews, book presentation, market / at Micamera

When Aneta Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kosmala  founded BLOW UP PRESS in Warsaw in July 2012 it had nothing to do with books. It was a typical online content publisher with two e-magazines: doc! photo magazine – a monthly devoted to contemporary documentary photography, and contra doc! – a quarterly presenting fine art photography. Two magazines that later merged and switched to paper.

The motivation leading them to fund BLOW UP PRESS was passion, the desire of sharing good photography with other people, of helping photographers reaching new audiences (on this regard, they have a very interesting project scheduled for 2020 dealing with photographers looking for a publisher for their first book, check it out in Milan!)


from 9 Gates of No Return by Agata Grzybowska


So, this is how they started. The first monograph in late 2017 paved their way to international acclaim. A woman, a renowned Polish photojournalist called Agata Grzybowska is the author of 9 Gates of No Return – a book dealing with the reasons that led some persons to give up the city and settle in the woods of the mountains on south-east Poland. The Polish edition of the book was sold out in one month and won two Best Photographic Publication of the Year awards.

Of course this was a huge motivation for the publishers, who started working on more projects and indeed, more books followed soon, contributing to a catalogue that deals with deep, intimate issues of human being: (sexual), identity, transformation, loss, love, addiction.

BLOW UP PRESS’ first priority is content. As they say, the story is what matters. 

The object-book, carefully designed, arrives in small, precious print runs. Aneta and Grzegorz like their voice to be strong: they prefer not to work with dummies and want to see the largest possible amount of images, going through the whole editing process with the author and then working on the design together – in some cases photographers were completely excluded from the designing process.


from Over.State by Ilias Georgiadis


Aneta and Grzegorz will be in Milan for two days just after Unseen Amsterdam festival, where they will launch their newest publication Over.State by Ilias Georgiadis, which will then be available in Milan at Micamera (the first bookstore to have it!)

* On Wednesday, September 25 at 6.30pm they will be at Frigoriferi Milanesi with Lorenzo Castore and Francesco M. Cataluccio to present the book LAND. Released in 2019, LAND is a story about a place – Gliwice, in Polish Silesia – and the people belonging to it. With its cinematic structure, LAND is a summary of the author’s wanderings, a photographic diary. Castore first came to this place in the late 1990s, looking for a new way to express his emotions. Enchanted by the people he met on his way, he returned to this side in nearly 20 years. The booksigning will follow after the talk.
 (book your signed copy here!)

from LAND by Lorenzo Castore


*On Thursday, September 26 they will be at Micamera.
In the afternoon, from 2.30 to 6.30,  they will be available for portfolio reviews. A wonderful opportunity to get a feedback on your work and submit it to a publisher.
At 7pm, Aneta Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kosmala will give an open and free talk. They will tell us about the imprint, the upcoming projects and will answer questions.
Portfolio reviews are upon reservation and payment:
40€ (+VAT) for a 30-minute-long meeting during which you will be able to present one project you consider to be completed or ready for the book;
 80€ (+VAT) for more than one project (one hour time)
Email giulia@micamera.com or call +39 02 45481569 to reserve a spot

All books will be available for purchase (also on line here)


from Deceitful Reverence by Igor Pisuk


Aneta Kowalczyk based in Warsaw (Poland) | graphic designer and photo-editor | runs her own design studio (since 2010) | artistic director of BLOW UP PRESS (since 2012) | designer of many internationally awarded photo books, including 9 Gates of No Return by Agata Grzybowska, Death Landscapes by Hubert Humka, and Deceitful Reverence di Igor Pisuk | awarded with the Bronze Prize in the Magazine Visual Editor of the Year category in the 75th edition of the Pictures of the Year International competition for doc! photo magazine

Grzegorz Kosmala based in Warsaw (Poland) | founder and CEO of BLOW UP PRESS | editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine, publisher of photo books | originator of DEBUTS, a platform promoting emerging photographers | juror in international photo contests, including Siena International Photography Awards, Gomma Photography Grant, Urban Photo Awards and Poznań Photo Diploma | graduated from the Media Management and International Relations and Diplomacy faculties at the Nowy Sącz School of Business (Poland).


We thank the Polish Cultural Institute for their support