He was born on 5th April 1945 in Krakow.
In 1964–71 he studied at the Faculty of Architecture at Krakow
University of Technology. His intention was to graduate and become
an architect but during his diploma internship in the year 1971 at
the Miastoprojekt [state design office] he had a chance of getting
an insight into the work of an architect. What he saw appalled him
and completely changed his view on then beloved architecture, estranging
him to the notion of becoming an architect. Although
Witold Górka has had already chosen the subject of the diploma
design and even its supervisor, professor Witold Korski, he decided
to abandon the studies and take up photography, his great passion
since the secondary school. The fascination became even deeper,
owing to the photography classes during the studies at the University.
After obtaining a certificate of completion of studies [but
not a diploma] in 1972 he was employed at the Photography Studio
at the Academy of Agriculture in Krakow. He worked there as a
photographer until the year 1974. After that he took up a post at
the Studio of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts where he
shared his knowledge with students teaching them the principles of
photography. Simultaneusly, he perfected his skills in art and reportage
In the years 1976–79 as a member of the “Grupa Robocza” he
participated in several exhibitions.
Since 1978 he has been a member of the Association of the Polish
Art Photographers (ZPAF), and has worked for a few years on
its board and in the Qualifying Committee. His works were presented
during group and solo exhibitions. They are on show in the
Museum of Art in Łódź, the National Museum in Wrocław, the Royal
Library in Copenhagen and in private collections.
Select group exhibitions:
2nd and 3rd exhibition of Grupa Robocza, ZPAF (the Association of
Polish Art Photographers) Krakow, ZPAF Warsaw (1976); 4th exhibition
of Grupa Robocza, ZPAF Krakow and the exhibitions: Fotografia
Polska / Polish Photography, Milan and Zagreb (1977); Okręg
Krakowski ZPAF, ZPAF Krakow (1979); Gdańsk Sierpień 80, ZPAF
Krakow and Gdańsk 80, Muzeum Sztuki (Art Museum Łódż (1980);
Gdańsk Sierpień 80, Gdańsk and Warszawa, Gallery Odnowa in Poznań
and Wydarzenia / Events 56, 68, 70, 76, 80, ZPAF Krakow(1981);
Krakowski Rynek / Krakow Market Square, ZPAF Krakow, ZPAF Warsaw
(1982); Zwyczaje i obyczaje krakowskie/ Customs and Traditions
of Krakow, ZPAF Krakow, ZPAF Warsaw; Fotografie, Foto-Video
Gallery Krakow (1984); Okręg Krakowski ZPAF, ZPAF Krakow and Polska
Współczesna Fotografia Artystyczna / Polish Contemporary Art
Photography, Zachęta, Warsaw (1985); Fotografia, Zachęta, Warsaw
and Erotyzm Satyra / Erotism of a Satyr, Gauss Fotografiskt
Galery, Stockholm (1987).
Gęby / Gobs, Foto-Video Gallery, Krakow (1985); Gęby, Hybrydy
Gallery, Warsaw (1987) and Fotografie, ZPAF, Krakow (1991).
photo by Marek Gardulski