Michał Łuczak is a Polish documentary photographer, living in between two cities Warsaw and Katowice. With the education gained at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic and Iberian Studies at the University of Silesia, Michał seeks for an intimate stories, which he transforms into visual narratives.
The title of the series presented below, has its origin in the story of an Armenian city of Spitak, which ceased to exist on December 7, 1988 at 11:41. The exact hour of the accident became the name of Michał’s project.
The huge earthquake which occurred on the land of Spitak that fateful day, annihilated most of the building and buried more than one-third of the population. Now the city carrying out of this catastrophe, aims for keeping the memory of the past and tries to get back to the glory days. The series consists of two parts. Present day pictures, exposing severe situation of inhabitants are juxtaposed with the images of people immortalised before the adversity, now exposed on the surfaces of tombstones. The project was closed in a fine book, enriched with the words of Filip Springer, available on the artist’s website.