Title: “Mandarines”

Author: Władysław Marynowicz (1920-1977)

Taken: after 1952

Kept at: Walery Rzewuski Museum of History of Photography in Krakow

  Rectangular photograph glued onto a slightly larger rectangle of cream-coloured cardboard. The photograph is 39.5 x 50 cm, the cardboard is 40.5 x 51 cm in size. The size difference results in narrow margins, almost identical on all sides.

  Nearly the entire area of the photograph is taken by a bowl weaved of straw, into which four mandarins have been placed. The photograph is taken from above, at a slight angle to the inside of the bowl. At the bottom of the photo a small fragment of the vessel’s external side is visible. The brim is a circle cut off by the top and side margins of the photograph. The weave of the bowl is even and tight. The pieces of straw are weaved alternately in horizontal and vertical direction, giving the impression of distinct circles placed on top of each other and sewn together with vertical lines. Inside the bowl are four mandarins, their stems facing up, arranged in the shape of a cross with arms of equal length. The fruit are touching each other. The mandarin placed at the bottom and the one on the right are half-wrapped in tissue paper, thin and crumpled in places. In the corners of the photograph is a flat, dark background, possibly the top of the table where the bowl sits.

  The reverse is cream-coloured. In the upper left corner is an ink stamp: W. Marynowicz, F.I.I.P, F.R.P.S./ 46 WEBSTER GARDNES/ EALING, LONDON, W. 5. Above the stamp, the very same text is written in pencil, possibly by Władysław Marynowicz himself. The very same stamp imprint is repeated in the bottom right corner. The abbreviation F.I.I.P stands for a Fellow of the Institute of Incorporated Photographers. The abbreviation F.R.P.S. stands for a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. In the middle, written in pencil, possibly by the author is the title in capital letters: MANDARINES. It is preceded by the number 44 written inside a circle.

  Władysław Marynowicz was a photographer and lecturer at Ealing Technical College, and a member of the Royal Photographic Societyand London Salon of Photography. He was one of the founders of the Polish Photographic Society. Born in Kamionka Strumiłowa near Lviv, he was deported inside Russia after Eastern Poland had been captured by Soviet troops. A soldier of the Second Corps of the Polish Army under General Władysław Anders, Marynowicz participated in the Italian campaign. After the Second World War he settled in Great Britain. He is the author of the book Photography as an Art Form issued in London in 1968, an album of five chapters on portrait, still life, genre scenes, colour and tone separation. Those themes were used for setting up the exhibition Władysław Marynowicz: perfection and artistry shown at the Museum of History of Photography in Krakow in 2011.