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Stigma.

Photographs by Adam Lach.
Self-Published, 2014. 108 pp., 49 color illustrations, 8½x6¾".



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Publisher's Description
The book Stigma tells the story of a 60-person family of Romanian Romas living in an encampment in Wroclaw. It's not another book of colorful legends about gypsies — there are no caravans, no campfires, no dancing and singing, but rather people with remarkable stories to tell. This group of nomads, depended on never-ending looking for a better world, unawarely influenced by the mass culture, struggles with the same worries as every modern man.

“It’s easy to fight for the rights of people who scream loud. It’s harder to see the ones that aren’t demonstrating. By narrowing the photographed places only to Psie Pole – a part of the district of Wroclaw occupied by Roma slums – I’m removing the possibility to observe the Romas doing what’s commonly seen as their every-day reality – beggary and theft. With the family, separated from the rest of the society, they appear as completely different people - opposite to their sterotyped image. Among the citizens of Wroclaw Romas are seen as beggars, thieves and swindlers that cause repeated acts of aggression. Any operation of the city authorities ment to solve the problem of the Roma people, leads to intimidation and attempts to evict them. Above all Stigma is the tale of family relationships and emotions and people who, in spite of everything, seem to be happy and calm. It’s also an attempt to analyze the shape of a present-day family emerging at the borderland of tradition and modernity.” – Adam Lach

The form of the book creates a compliment to the text – it’s thick, irregular and often uncomfortable for the viewer. The narration of the story adopts characteristics of film, surprising the viewer with a culmination of emotions that are juxtaposed calmness. “That’s their world – disorganized and random – completely different from our regular modern reality” – the authors point out.

Book awards and honors for Stigma:
2014 The Best Photobooks of 2014 by Sturm & Drang
2014 Winner of the Beata Pawlak Literary Award organized by Batory Foundation
(Prize reserved for literature, which for the first time, in the history, was given to a photobook)
2014 IPA – 1st Prize Winner – Self Published Professional Category
2014 Picture of the Year, Award of Excellence in Issue Reporting Picture Story
2014 Grand Prix Fotofestiwal – Finalist, Lodz/Poland

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