Street Photography Essay: “Theater of Life” by Tomasz Lazar

by Eric Kim on March 13, 2012

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

Eric’s Note: For this feature, I am pleased to feature the work of Tomasz Lazar to the blog. Having seen tons of street photographs, I don’t see photographs that often move me. However looking at the work of Tomasz takes me to another world– one full of energy, excitement, and darkness. Quite possibly one of the best street photographers out there, and has had the recent honor of winning the World Press Photo of the Year for News, 2nd place. All of these photographs in this post are from his “Theater of Life” series. 

Tomasz Lazar – freelance photographer. He was born in 1985 in Szczecin. Graduate West University of Technology, Computer Science. First year student at the Univesity of Opava – Photography. He participated in many workshops such as Tomasz Tomaszewski, Edddie Adams Workshop in the USA. Winner of photography competitions in Poland and abroad (including the Sony World Photography Award, International Photography Award, BZ WBK Press Photo, World Press Photo).

Nominated in the category of “Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year” at the International Photography Award. His works were published in magazines and newspapers like: New York Times, Rzeczpospolita, Duży Format, Press Magazine, Burn Magazine, Radiate Magazine and Pokochaj Fotografie. From 2011 he is a member of the collective Un-posed, associated with street photography. Lover of coffee and good music. Derives pleasure from being with people and spends every possible moment of photography. Currently still on the go.

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

1x1.trans Street Photography Essay: Theater of Life by Tomasz Lazar

See more of Tomasz’s work here.

Which of Tomasz’s photographs strike you the most? Share your comments below- and give him congrats for winning the 2nd place for News Single in the World Press Photo of the Year 2012!

  • http://thelifestream.org/ Simon Wallerstedt

    Amazing images! Deep and intriguing work.

  • Sarinana.Joshua@gmail.com

    1 2 3 5 8 10 11 13 14

    Seems to be most consistent in pulling out a possible narrative. 

    The work is quite broad and each photo is a gem.

    However, I am biased.

  • Dasad

    He is the best.

  • Steven

    i like the shots.. all of them actually but i think the contrast is a little too high.

    • Oudia Turner

      I agree.

  • http://twitter.com/Gazonthestreet Gazonthestreet

    Well Tomasz certainly has a style of his own, a very gritty and contrasty look which I do actually like. The last two are my favourites!

  • Oudia Turner

    I love these pictures but why do you do that to the color?

  • Chadxlyons

    I love the contrast, just enough but not too much. I dig the Winnie the Pooh shot, insane. What we can pull from 1/1000 of a second slice from life is Mindblowing.

  • Ramones

    Judging by the first eyeball shot, I was gonna say just ‘shoot me now’. But after looking at the entire series I’ll say ‘not bad’.

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