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Thomas Dworzak

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Thomas Dworzak
Thomas Dworzak

Biography

Thomas Dworzak decided very early on to become a photographer with a focus on areas of conflict. Based in Tbilisi, Georgia between 1993 and 1998 he began to explore the Caucasus and its conflicts (Chechnya, Karabakh, Abkhazia). Affiliated with the Paris photo agency Wostok Press, he began to cover news, especially the Kosovo crisis in 1999. He spent the years following the 9/11 attacks covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as their impact on the US. From 2005 to 2008, as a TIME Magazine contract photographer Dworzak covered many major international news stories. He became a Magnum member in 2004. 

 

Pokémon Go, a so called “augmented reality” game, went viral after its initial release, downloaded by more than 100 million people worldwide. Thanks to its GPS tracking, players can locate and capture colorful animated characters who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. Dworzak's photographs evoke the absurdity of players moving through space, in which truth and fiction are difficult to distinguish. 

 

During his work as a photojournalist he discovered Poke-stops in a number of historically ambiguous places. The displayed images are photographs of Pokemon Go in front of the Bataclan theatre in the 11th arrondissement, one of the targets of terrorist attacks across Paris on the 13th of November 2015.