Anna Beata Bohdziewicz (1950) is an independent photographer, exhibition curator, author of texts on photography.
Graduated with a degree in ethnography from the University of Warsaw (1974). Worked in the film industry as assistant director and second director with film directors such as Walerian Borowczyk, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Zanussi and others. In 1975 travelled with a group of friends to Asia (Afghanistan, India, Nepal). In the 1980-ies worked for the underground press, and after 1990, for the free media. At the turn of 1980/81, participating in events related to the rise of Solidarity, she developed her own idiom of documentary photography. Representing problems, events, and people in series of highly personal images: from detail to wide-ranging, contextual, and symbolic statements. The best example of this is her Photodiary, or a Song on the End of the World, a series of photographs accompanied by date and personal hand written commentary, started in November 1982 and continued ever since. Author also of other photographic series, such as Chorasan (photos from a trip to Afghanistan, 1975); Warsaw Shrines (Warszawa: History Meeting House, 2009, with texts by Magdalena Stopa), 1981; A Light Breeze of Freedom (Warszawa: Monoplan, 2013), Burnt Solidarity, Anti-Postcards (Berlin-Warsaw), Private Television, The Beautiful and Happy and others.
Curator of numerous photography exhibitions, e.g. Under the Divine Hand (with Marek Rostworowski, Jasna Góra, Częstochowa, 1991); Martial Law (ZPAF, Warsaw, 1996); Warsaw 1943 – Warsaw 1944. Photographer Unknown (with Anka Grupińska), Royal Castle, Warsaw, 2002); Victims of Martial Law (with Mariusz Hermanowicz, various Polish cities, 2006).
Author of numerous texts on photography and interviews with photographers (Edward Hartwig, Annie Leibovitz, Zofia Rydet). Receipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for achievements in the field of independent photography (2007).