Photographing Poland

by Amelia Opalinska

For many years I have wanted to photograph my grandparents’ home and related scenes from my childhood in Poland, the country from which I emigrated in 1991. It was not until I visited this past January, however, that I felt equipped with the proper sensitivity to capture the images that have served as constants in my life, despite my distance and despite structural changes to Poland itself. The following is my attempt at preserving those moments which in turn preserve me.

Amelia Opalinska grew up in Rzeszów in southeast Poland. Her photography has been featured in various exhibits and in Belén Fernández’ political travelogue Coffee with Hezbollah. She can be reached at

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