Andrzej Pilichowski-Ragno

Photographer, children book illustrator

Born in Rome in 1967, lives and works in Krakow. He earned a liberal arts degree at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where he later lectured on literary theory for several years. Pilichowski–Ragno studied photography at the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow. For 20 years he has been working as a photographer and an active member of ZPAF (Zwiazek Polskich Artystów Fotografików – the association of Polish fine art photographers). Now he is a professor of photography at Cracow University of Technology, he had courses, lectures and laboratory of photography in different art school in Cracow. In 2019 he began doc­toral studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow at Photography Departement.  For last few years he is giving master classees. In 2013 he was exhibited at Paris Photo by Galerie Conrads from Dusseldorf, with the part of his essential photographic ongoing project – City Landscapes. The main thrust of Andrzej Pilichowski-Ragno’s work lies at the intersection of social documentary photography and street photography. He consciously references clas­sic twentieth-century photography, all the while maintaining his own highly personal, indi­vidual focus.


Member, Zwiazek Polskich Artystów Fotografików (Association of Polish Fine Art Photographers)
2019 – Started Doctoral Studies at Academy of Fine Arts at the Photography Departament
2012 Present Lecturer, Krakow University of Technology, Photography
2006-2007 Lecturer, Fine Art and Commercial Photography, Krakow of School of Art and Fashion Design
1991–1996 Lecturer, Literary Theory, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
1991 M.A. Literature, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
1990 –1992 Photography Studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow

Selected recent solo Exhibitions

2020 Magic KRK as at 2020, Zpafgallery, Kraków, Poland
2018 Untitled, Galeria Pauza, Krakow Poland
2018 Street photography projections , PhotoWerkBerlin, Berlin, Germany
2016 Untitled, Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts , Krakow
2016 City landscapes 2014/15 Zpafgallery, Krakow, Poland
2014 Polish contemporary photography Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014, Galerie Conrads, Duesseldorf, Germany
2013 Paris Photo 2013 – Grand Palais, Paris. Exhibited by Galerie Conrads, Duesseldorf
2013 Magnificent 40years Old, Konsulart, Gallery of the Consulate General of Germany, Krakow, Poland
2012 Świetni czterdziestoletni, Portraits, Olympia Gallery, Krakow, Poland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Pandemic Krakow, Galeria Apteka, Krakow Poland
2012 Magazzino di Cianfrusaglie, illustration exhibition, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy
2011 BIB 2011, 23rd Illustrator’s Biennale, Bratislava, Slovakia
2011 City Cultures in Focus, exhibition of photographs taken on the X-change Culture Science Scholarship in Vienna, CORT Exhibition Space, Krakow
2003 Polska ilustracja dziecięca, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna / Tokyo
2002 Figures Futur, Salon du Livre Jeunesse, Paris
2001 Czterech z trzynastu, Gieraltowski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2001 Fotografia bez przeszłości, Museum of the History of Photography, Krakow, Poland

Awards and Grants ( photography/illustration)

2016 ZAIKS Creativity Grant
2013 Nomination, Most Beautiful Book of 2013 Award, Children’s Book Division IBBY for illustration to Jak Stańczyk z dworzan zażartował By Anna Chachulska
2012 Honorable Mention, Poster Competition There are no children, only people. Under the aegis of the Polish Ombudsman for Children’s Rights
2011 X-change Culture Science Scholarship, Vienna
2006 First Prize, Poster Competition Child-friendly World sponsored by the Committee for the Protection of Children’s Rights, Warsaw
2005 Nomination, Most Beautiful Book of 2005 Award, Children’s Book Division, IBBY
Polskie Towarzystwo Wydawców Ksiazek (Polish Book Publishers’ Association), Warsaw, for illustrations to Wyprawa Tapatików, by Marta Tomaszewska
2005 First Prize, IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Book of the Year Award, Polish Section, Warsaw, for Alfabet z obrazkami by Malgorzta Strzałkowska
2004 Honorable Mention, Most Beautiful Book of 2004 Award, Children’s Book Division, Towarzystwo Wydawców Ksiazek (Polish Book Publishers’ Association), Warsaw, for Alfabet z obrazkami by Malgorzata Strzałkowska
2001 First Prize, Children’s Book Illustration, Probolonia Awards, Lufcik Gallery, Warsaw
1996 City of Krakow Creativity Grant – Photography


Museum of the History of Photography, Krakow
Works held in private collections in Poland, Italy and France

Online Publications

Lensculture, Kwerfeldein Magazin für Fotografie, Street Photography Magazine, Eyeshot magazine, Monovisions, ZEKE – Social Documentary Network,


Photographs and illustrations have appeared in: Zoom International, Tygodnik Powszechny, Konteksty, Kraków, Res- Publica Nowa , Film, Cinema, Charaktery, Playboy, Elle Decor, Przekrój,  Artphoto, Pozytyw.

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