Maciej Dakowicz is a Polish photographer, traveller and gallerist currently based in Mumbai, India. He has worked on various photographic projects and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej was born in 1976 in Bialystok, Poland. After finishing his studies he went to Hong Kong in Oct 2000 (that was his first ever flight) to work at university as a researcher and programmer. Whilst there he bought his first camera to show his family and friends the beauty and exotism of his new Asian home. Thanks to the Internet and photo sharing websites he quickly got hooked and photography became his main passion. He started taking pictures seriously and began traveling extensively.
At the end of 2004 he moved to Wales to work as a researcher at university again and study for a PhD degree. However, the passion for photography was stronger than the passion for science, so on the 1st of Jan 2009 he left the academic life and decided to try becoming a professional photographer. Then after a year he managed to obtain the PhD degree, put the thesis away on the shelf and have been doing his photography since then, never looking back. While living in Wales he produced his most known body of work – Cardiff After Dark portraying a weekend night out in the Welsh capital.
Since then Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at various photo festivals (including Visa Pour l’Image) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled in two major street photography books published by Thames & Hudson – “Street Photography Now” in 2010 and “The World Atlas of Street Photography” in 2014. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012.
Maciej is one of the founders of the cult Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff and also a member of the Polish street photography collective Un-Posed. He is a passionate collector of photography books and loves Asia – after 12 visits to India he decided to base himself there for some time.