Max Miechowski (b.1989) is a photographer making images within his immediate community and across the United Kingdom. Offering insight into overlooked yet everyday aspects of modern culture, his work develops new perspectives on group identity on both a local and global scale. His practice, sitting at the intersection of art and commerce, is identifiable by its sensitivity and optimism. Rooted in portraiture, his images elevate his subjects, employing a strong graphic vision to explore the ways that people and space influence one another, and ultimately emphasise the reciprocal relationship between the individual, the local community and their unique culture.
Miechowski’s art practice largely involves exploring his chosen environment on foot, actively forming relationships with the people he encounters. Some of these relationships are short-lived, culminating when Miechowski gives a physical print to his subject, while some relationships continue for years. Through his honest and considered approach to photographing people — combined with the importance he places on bringing the results of such work for his subjects to see and participate in — Miechowski’s images are both a collaborative celebration of community and a reflection on his role within it.
His images have been exhibited internationally in places such as Paris Photo Fair, Photo London, and the The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. He was selected as one of LensCulture’s Emerging Talents for 2019, was included in the Creative Review Photography Annual in 2018, and has had consecutive winning images in British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain. He has been featured in, and made work for, a wide selection of publications and clients including M Magazine, The Financial Times, Airbnb, Royal Academy Of Art, The Guardian, Wilderness Festival, Metal Magazine, and It’s Nice That.