Andrzej Kramarz was born in Poland in 1964.
Lives in Papaikou, Hawaii
He founded the improvised music band Na przykład (1985–1989) and co-founded DRUT, an independent art magazine which did not conform to the official Communist propaganda; just a few dozen copies were printed underground and clandestinely distributed to influential Polish artistic circles.
Documentary photographer since early 1990s, Andrzej Kramarz was employed with the daily Gazeta Krakowska (1993–1996) before taking up freelancing. By 2001, he had his photo stories published by all major Polish weeklies (Przekrój, Polityka, Rzeczpospolita). In 2004, he enrolled at the Silesian University Institute of Creative Photography (ITF) in Opava (Czech Republic) from which he graduated in 2007 under the supervision of Vladimir Birgus. In the meantime, he worked on his photo essays and in 2005 co-founded the Imago Mundi Foundation dedicated to picture archiving and supporting creative photographers. In 2007–2008 he was Deputy Art Director at the Photomonth Festival in Cracow, now considered one of the leading photography festivals in Europe.
His major photographic projects include Clinic (2001–2002), The Infinity of Cognition (2002), The Black Sea (2003), Home (2003–2009), Things (2006–2008) and A Piece of Land (2009–now). Memory and the relation between man and space are the recurrent themes of his work. Co-authored by Weronika Łodzińska, the “Home” project portrayed people – hobbyists, monks, the homeless, circus performers and lorry drivers – through the medium of their living space, with pictures of interiors – or “domesticated spaces” – becoming mirrors of their owners. “A Piece of Land” focused on the memory of a place and the affinity we develop with that memory as a result of traumatic experience. The part of the project devoted to World War II in Poland and Ukraine won an annual scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2009).
He has curated various photography exhibitions. The album of the exhibition Stefania Gurdowa. Negatives are to be Stored, which he authored and co-edited, was named one of the 100 best albums in 2009 by Photo-Eye Magazine.
Before he left for the United States, he worked as a lecturer at the Academy of Photography in Cracow. From 2008 to 2010, he collaborated with the Summer Cinema project at Camelot Gallery in Cracow that was dedicated to presenting the work of world-renowned photographers.
He is currently involved in the Photo Proxima research project carried out by the Ethnographic Museum in Cracow in collaboration with the Fratelli Alinari Museum of the History of Photography in Italy. The project is concerned with studying private collections of family photographs (2010–2012). His other current occupations include work on the exhibition and the album of the Sputnik Photos International Association of Photographers, which is working on the IS/NO documentary project in collaboration with Icelandic writers (2011).
A US resident since 2006, it was only in 2008 that he was able to move to Hilo (Hawaii) due to his artistic and teaching commitments in Poland. He is currently working on a new exhibition 6#6a to be presented at Idspace Gallery in Hawaii in 2011.