SOCIOLOGICAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE DE-INDUSTRIALIZED CITY. CITY OF LODZ.
Waldemar Dymarczyk, Anna Trześniewska
Lodz is an unique place. It is the only such a large city in Poland, which in the course of several decades of the 19th century transformed from a rural settlement into a large industrial complex. The scale and dynamics of the change were incomparable with other centers throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Lodz was even called Eastern Manchester. The City went through many crises in the past, but even after World War II, in the communist reality, was still an important industrial center in our country. It was the end of the Easter block and the change of the political and economic system that finally led to the collapse of the most famous branches of Lodz economy – mainly the textile industry. The city has lost its importance and experienced a demographic and social problems. The City’s infrastructure has gradually declined. At the same time however, the long-term process of reinventing the city has begun. Searching for a new identity and creating a modern (post-modern), but rooted in the industrial, bourgeois and working-class tradition city have lasted so far.
Our pictures show these turbulent changes. The exhibition has a form of a triptych. The first part of it presents traces of the past glory and the remains of the pioneers’ works. The second part titled „urban patchwork” uncover sometimes surprising coexistence of the old city’s tissue and a new or revitalized space. In the third part, we run out into the future. We show some new, bold realizations of the „new city” and plans that will soon take the real character.
We invite You to watch the exhibition.
5th of July (Wednesday) — 2nd Conference Day, 11.50-12.40 (room F12)