Saturday, May 16, 2009

Maciej Dakowicz - Cardiff at Night

Great to see Maciej Dakowicz's Cardiff at Night series getting such massive newspaper coverage this morning. The Sun, The Daily Mail, and The Guardian all carried the Polish lensman's dramatic shots of Cardiff's somewhat alcohol-soaked nightlife. The snaps were being used to illustrate a story about Britain's binge-drinking culture.

I don't know who's in charge of promoting Cardiff's tourist profile but they must lose years off their life every time these images appear in public. They've already turned up on the BBC's website and in various Welsh newspapers. They even, recently, became the subject of a political row after Welsh Tory AM Jonathan Morgan linked to them on Twitter.

All of which is most amusing. I have to say that as a Cardiffian I feel nothing but pride whenever I view Maciej's Cardiff at Night series. Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of photography will realise that he is creating a world-class body of work here. And, as I've said before on this blog, his Cardiff shots will help to define this era in the capital's history. For me Maciej's Cardiff pictures are as significant to Wales as Robert Frank's photos of Caerau taken in the 1950s.

Check out his full portfolio here.

*Picture courtesy of Maciej Dakowicz