jan brykczynski

Jan Brykczyński (b. 1979) is a photographer who often focuses on European rural regions in his work as well as on the complex relationship between man and nature. In 2014 he published his first book, Boiko, on rural life in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. His work on Icelandic farms led to him being awarded the inaugural Syngenta Photography Award. This allowed him to create The Gardener, a project on urban farming, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2015. Jan’s work has been exhibited in collective shows in Deichtorhallen, the Noorderligcht Gallery and in the Musée de l’Elysée. He has been awarded various grants, such as the EPEA, European Cultural Foundation and Visegrad Fund. He is a founding partner of Sputnik Photos, an international collective of photographers that focuses on transformations taking place in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states.


2015 – 2018

Institute of Creative Photography, Opava, Czech Republic (Doctoral Studies)


Institute of Creative Photography, Opava, Czech Republic (M.A. Photography)


FAMU National Film School, Czech Republic


PWSFTViT (National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz), Poland (BSc. Photography)


University of Warsaw, Department of Social Sciences, Poland



Deutsche Börse Photography Prize / nominated

reGenaration / Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne


Voies Off Prize – finalist / Arles

European Photo Exhibition Award / Oslo, Paris, Lucca, Hamburg


Syngenta Photography Award – The Professional Commission 1st prize winner / London, UK

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal – finalist / Lodz, Poland


European Month of Photography in Bratislava – Winner of the portfolio review / Slovakia

Sony World Photography Award – 3rd prize in the Travel category / London, UK

Grand Press Photo – 1st prize in the Nature category / Warsaw, Poland

Vienna International Photo Awards – finalist / Vienna, Austria

Lens Culture International Exposure Award – honorary mention / Paris, France


Minister of Culture and National Heritage – “Young Poland” award for young artists’ outstanding achievements / Warsaw, Poland


Visegrad Found – artist’s residency in Kosice, Slovakia


European Cultural Foundation – grant for Sputnik Photos collective / Amsterdam, Netherlands


Grand Press Photo – honorary mention, People category, Poland


Newsweek Poland’s Photo Awards – 3rd prize in the Everyday Life category, Poland

Solo exhibitions

Boiko – Robert Morat Gallery / Hamburg, Germany (2016)

Boiko – Latvian Museum of Photography / Riga, Latvia (2014)

Boiko – Leica Gallery / Warsaw, Poland (2014)

Boiko – Anzenberger Gallery / Vienna, Austria (2013)

Boiko – F7 Gallery, European Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia (2013)

Selected group Exhibitions


reGenaration / Boiko, FORMAT Festival, Derby, UK


reGenaration / Boiko, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico

reGenaration / Boiko, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne

The New Social EPEA award / Collection, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

Hunter - Sputnik Photos / FORMAT Festival, Derby, UK


The New Social - EPEA award / Collection, Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris

Distant Place - Festival Circulations, Paris

Sputnik Photos retrospective - PhotoDoc, Utrecht, Netherlands


Stand BY – Sputnik Photos Association, Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Boiko – Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland

Stand BY – Sputnik Association, Szara Gallery, Cieszyn, Poland

"U" – Sputnik Photos Association, Warsztaty Kultury, Lublin, Poland


Stand BY – Sputnik Photos Association, at The Borderland Foundation, Sejny, Poland

Distant Place – Sputnik Photos Association, Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland

IS(not) – Sputnik Photos Association, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland

"U" – Sputnik Association, National Museum in Gdansk, Poland


Is (not) – National Museum in Gdansk, Poland

Is (not) – Sputnik Photos Association, exhibits in Iceland

Gerduberg Cultural Center, Reykjavik

LA Art Museum, Hveragerdi

Menningarhus, Akureyri

Is (not) – Sputnik Photos Association, Photoport Gallery, Slovakia


"U" - Sputnik Photos Association, Noorderligcht Gallery, Groningen, Holland


Ukrainian Journey - Sputnik Photos Association, Harvard University, USA

Window on Belarus – European Solidarity Centre, Gdansk, Poland

At The Border – Sputnik Photos Association, Festival Transphotographique, Lille, France


Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne


THE GARDENER, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport 2015

BOIKO, self published, Warsaw 2014

Collective books

reGeneration3, Musée de l’Elysée & Skira editore, Lausanne 2015

The new social, European Photo Exhibition Award, Journal, Stockholm 2013

Distant Place, Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2012

Stand BY, Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2012

IS (not), Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2011

"U", Sputnik Photos, Warsaw 2010

Press Publications

New York Times International, Die Welt, Cicero, Art, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, The Chicago Tribune, Camera Austria, foto8, Lense Culture, The Independent, Liberation.