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Emilia’s Song
With developers circling vulture-like around Warsaw’s post-war modernist buildings, time is running out for one of its stars: Emilia… By Alex Webber | Photographs by Ed Wight Out with the old and in with the new: the radical reshaping of Warsaw has seen swathes of the city ripped down and...
Reflections on a Broken Mirów
Taken at face value, lower Mirów looks discordant and despondent; but search around and you’ll find a complex district in the process of healing itself… By Alex Webber | Photographs by Kevin Demaria Blocked and bounded by major traffic arteries – Prosta, Jana Pawła, Jerozolimskie and Okopowa – Mirów’s...
Poster Guys

Poster Guys

Features 16 March 2016 0

The Insider meets up with Antoni Bohdanowicz and Włodek Orzeł, a lad and dad-in-law team involved in the Polish poster trade… Warsaw Insider: How did it all begin? WO: I’d always dreamed about traveling the world but just couldn’t see how I could afford to. Then, one day, I...
Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone

Features 7 March 2016 0

Forget the mermaids and sword-wielding goddesses, this issue we take a peek at some of the more obscure PRL monuments and reliefs that salute Poland’s women… Over a quarter of a century since the collapse of Communism, this historical stain still preys on the Polish conscience – one only...
Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate

Features 8 January 2016 0

The concrete sprawl that is the Żelazna Brama (Iron Gate ) housing estate has detractors aplenty, but there’s a deeper story behind the carbuncles…  By Stuart Dowell Anyone who has ever looked for a cheap flat to rent in the centre of Warsaw, gone shopping in and around Hala...
A Shot in Time

A Shot in Time

Features 28 July 2015 1

Award-winning photojournalist Chris Niedenthal talks about his work documenting everyday life in Communist Poland…

Skra-tching the Surface 
On the one hand, an emblem of modern Warsaw, on the other, a graveyard of communist memories: time to explore the SKRA sports complex! (Text: Alex Webber | Photos: Ed Wight) There’s perfect and there’s too perfect. Look at Łazienki. Beautiful, isn’t it. But stray onto the lawns and...
Spod Lady

Spod Lady

Shopping 12 July 2015 0

Step in and breathe in the atmosphere of communist Poland. This shop’s a beauty, and brims with collectibles that have seen classic PRL keepsakes given a contemporary update. Books, films, bags, toys and general items for the home inside this cult courtyard store. Spod Lady ul. Chmielna 26, spodlady.com
Completely Bunkers

Completely Bunkers

Features 7 November 2013 0

All is not what it seems – in a slow corner of Wielkopolska, secret Cold War preparations for Armageddon have come to light after lying hidden and forgotten beneath a quiet suburban house… Text & Photos: Ed Wight For six decades it remained hidden, a secret known only to...

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