Portraitist

Director: Ireneusz Dobrowolski

written & directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski research by Piotr Setkiewicz, Marcin Doś, Krystian Modrzejewski, Anna Orłowska director of photography Jacek Taszakowski music by Agata Steczkowska edited by Ireneusz Dobrowolski sound by Marcin Teperek
colour, 52′
Poland 2005

The Portraitist tells the story of pre-war photographer Wilhelm Brasse. Prior to World War II, photography was Brasse’s life passion. However, after being imprisoned in Auschwitz and forced to take photos of not only prisoners and SS officers, but also of victims of medical experiments, his creative passion was permanently altered. When the war ended, Wilhelm Brasse managed to rescue the camp’s archives, but never touched a camera again.

 

Ireneusz Dobrowolski
Born in 1964. Studied Theory of Drama at the National Drama School in Warsaw. He was awarded a Ministry of Culture scholarship, which let him attend the Directing Department of National Institute of Film and Theatre Art in Kiev. Screenwriter, film director and producer.