Nicolette at the orphanage
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Nicolette sits in the corner of a room at an orphanage where she lives with her four brothers. A few months earlier, their mother Ania had been sentenced to time in jail, and the courts did not consider their father a suitable carer for the children. Ania had been out of work for five years, had fallen into debt, and faced a number of other court cases.
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About the photographer
Maciek Nabrdalik is a documentary photographer, based in Warsaw, Poland, and represented by VII Photo agency. Although Nabrdalik works worldwide, his main concentration is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe.
His work has been exhibited in the US, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece and Poland. His work appears in the Smithsonian, L’Espresso, Stern, Newsweek , Polityka, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
His awards include honors from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International (2011 and 2013), NPPA The Best of Photojournalism (2010, 2011, and 2012) and multiple awards in his native Poland.
In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to continue his project on Nazi camp survivors worldwide, which was published in 2013 as a book called The Irreversible.