Andrzej Jerzy Lech (b. 1955 )

Born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1955, Andrzej Jerzy Lech now lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. This Polish-born photographer studied at the Faculty of Fine Art Photography in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic.

As one of the main creators in 1983 of the elementary photography movement, which was related to the minimalist movement in art, Lech held an exhibition titled 60 Gates. Until 1987, Lech ran a private photography gallery, Galeria w drodze (On the Way Gallery), located in Opole, Poland. He exhibited his own work at the Foto-Medium-Art Gallery. Following a touring exhibition named Polish Perceptions  Ten Contemporary Photographers, from 1977  1988, Lech's work was shown in places like Collins, Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland; and Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, Fife Scotland. During 1987, Lech participated in an exhibition for young European photographers in Frankfort, Germany.

Making his way to the United States in 1994, Lech participated in an AIDS benefit auction called Sunday by the Bay, which took place in Long Island, New York. Winning a competition for a one-person show at the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Lech made his way into New Jersey in 1997. For the next few years, his photographs were exhibited in galleries and museums in New York City, Texas, England, Poland, and New Jersey. While in Poland in 2002, Lech exhibited part of his ongoing work called Travel Journal America in several galleries. Some of the work that was shown in his Travel Journal included forty-six photographs of the World Trade Center from September 11, 2002. These photographs included images taken before the airplanes crashed into the buildings and then the aftermath.

While Travel Journal America was being displayed throughout Poland in 2002, Lech took part in several exhibitions in New Jersey. Some of these included having his work shown at the Central New Jersey Railroad Festival; The End of Life Show at the Irving Goldman Community Art Gallery in Jersey City; and Forms of Matter: Artists' Views of Nature at Victoria Hall in Jersey City.

In May of 2005, Lech received the J. Owen Grundy Award from the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy for his photography of Jersey City and its landmarks. Today Andrzej Jerzy Lech has photographs in permanent public collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Jersey City Museum in New Jersey, Mala Galeria in Poland, and Icon Pictures in New York. Along with photographs in many public collections, Lech has a following of private collectors.

(Christine Dzindzio, Fall 2007)

Lucca, Toscana, Italia

Lucca, Toscana, Italia, 2003, gelatin silver print. Photograph courtesy the artist.
Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City, New Jersey, 2005, gelatin silver print. Photograph courtesy the artist.
Saban, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Saban, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 2007, gelatin silver print. Photograph courtesy the artist.

Lech's Asbury Park photographs we included in the exhibition "Site Specific, NJ," curated by Mary Birmingham for Union City County College, Cranford, New Jersey (Sept.  Oct. 2006). In 2006 he also participated in a group show titled 100 years of Polish Photography from the Collection of the Museum Sztuki in Lodz, which traveled to the Shoto Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan and the Nigata City Art Museum in Nigata, Japan.

When Travel Journal America, Poland made its way to Florence, Italy, Lech received the Medal Medici and the Fourth Prize. As Lechs Travel Journals continued to grow, they were shown in a solo show at the Frozen Monkey Café in Hoboken, New Jersey. The newly titled Travel Journal America, Canada, Poland, Italy included one hundred and eleven photos along with a written travel journal that described the places in which he had taken his pictures.

(Christine Dzindzio, Fall 2007)

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