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Iwona Montel

Born in Poland, I graduated from the Open College of Arts, UK in Social Documentary Photography and University of Wrocław, Poland in Cultural Studies. I spent my beginnings as photographer on traveling and creating drawing cultural reportages. While living 4 years on Malaysian part of Borneo I worked pro bono supporting local communities- as teacher, guide and painter. 

Since 2012 I have been working with photographers' collectives in the Netherlands and began to search for stories during collaborations abroad. From an impactful travel to Portugal, Vietnam, Cambodia and Cuba- countries mystical, often decaying and intensely moving, I brought the material for stories presented here.

I frequently spend my time researching locations that become alluring background to my images. My curiosity opens doors, allowing me to enter unknown worlds that I rest my eye on. In my work I often find a question more important than the answer.

In 2017 I joined the team of photographers preparing the first Urban Photo Race- Rotterdam edition and I continue to support spreading its' values. UPR is a one full-day photo competition happening on the streets of Dutch cities according to the earlier created themes.

As a freelance photographer and founder of AIM-FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY I enjoy dividing my image creations between portrait and documentary. Where I believes that the essence lays in focus on connection with the SUBJECT. The results turn more into discoveries, rather than sole creations.

portrait © Tiago Teles

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