Biography

Jurek Wajdowicz lives and works in New York City. Together with Lisa LaRochelle, he is principal of the award-winning design firm Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS). EWS works with international humanitarian organizations and leading non-profit institutions around the world such as Médecins Sans Frontières, the United Nations, Arcus Foundation, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF and Magnum Photo Foundation. Wajdowicz graduated from the Lodz Academy of Fine Arts. After working on art and design projects for theaters and museums in Poland and England, he came to the United States as the Art Director of Lubalin, Burns & Company before co-founding EWS.

Jurek Wajdowicz is acknowledged as one of the leading graphic designers internationally known for his photojournalistic creative approach to design. In the 50th Anniversary Survey of the Graphic Design: USA magazine, Wajdowicz was selected among the “Most Influential Graphic Designers of the Past 50 Years”.

Jurek Wajdowiczʼs art photography and design work is included in the collections of the United States Library of Congress, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (USA), the United Nations (Geneva and New York), the Poster Museum in Wilanow (Poland), Arcus Foundation (New York), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Switzerland), American Institute of Graphic Arts (New York), Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (Poland), the Rockefeller Foundation (New York), RMH Foundation (California) and the Hamburgʼs Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Germany), as well as in the private collections in the USA, Austria, Germany and Poland. His solo exhibition of fine art photographs “Solace” was held at the Kasia Michalski Gallery in Warsaw, Poland in the Summer of 2015.

Jurek Wajdowiczʼs fine art photography book - “Liminal Spaces_fotografie_75” was published by Lars Müller Publishers in Zurich, Switzerland in Winter 2013. His photo-book - “Pride & Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City” will be published by The New Press in New York, in June 2016.