Q&A: Rafal Milach — Refusal


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? At least one day off per week. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How much we fucked this planet. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Of course. What is it that interests you about photography? The fact it lies. What is the worst thing about city life? The city life. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Glowing. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? I don’t trust leaders. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Something with water. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Too many to remember. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. No time for side jobs. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Define important. How often do you take other people’s advice? Sometimes. Describe a personal hell. Rich and bored. Which living person do you most admire? My wife.. On what occasion do you lie? When I try to be nice. What was the last crime you witnessed? Violating Polish constitution. What is the best way to educate yourself? Experiment. What is the next book you want to read? There is a pile on my desk. Ultimate camera? No idea. Most used camera? Phone. What object do you want? I have to many objects. What object do you need? A new pedal strap for my bike. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Imagine you can spy on 10 bilion people at the same time. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I’m dissatisfied. Describe a cheap thrill. Football match. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Last hundred years have been properly documented. Are impulses more important than consequences? Same. Which talent would you most like to have? Imagining music. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Work.

Rafał Milach (b. 1978 ­in Gliwice, Poland) – visual artist, photographer, author of photo books. His work focuses on topics related to the transformation in the former Eastern Bloc. Lecturer at the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic and Katowice Film School at the Silesian University, Poland. His award-winning photo books include The Winners, 7 Rooms, and The First March of Gentlemen. Rafał Milach has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Magnum Foundation, and European Cultural Foundation. Finalist of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 and winner of the World Press Photo competition. Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective. His works have been widely exhibited worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the MoMA Warsaw, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts Museum in Odense (Denmark). Rafal Joined Magnum Photos in 2018 as a nominee member.

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