Zgzislaw Beksinski, Eight Untitled Collages, (1955-1960)
”I wish to work in such a manner as if I were depicting dreams”.
In 1955, shortly after studying architecture in Krakov, Beksinski returned to Sanok, a small city located on the bank of the river San, where he spent several years as a construction site supervisor, a job that he hated. At that time, feeling as though his architecture career had failed him, he became increasingly interested in photography and photomontage.
Above are eight of Beksinski’s early photo-collages that served as “storyboards” for what he described as dreams. The themes of landscape, death, sexuality, war, architecture and identity (or the lack thereof), were themes that he carried throughout his career as both a photographer and a painter.