In 9 GATES OF NO RETURN Agata Grzybowska presents 9 persons who for various reasons and life choices have decided to give up their lives in the city and settle in the woods of the Bieszczady Mountains, south-eastern Poland. Bieszczady, which for many are a symbol of freedom and direct, tangible contact with nature, became a trap for them, which they cannot get out from. They live far away from other people, often without electricity and running water, in the huts they built themselves.
Why did they make such decisions? What was driving them? What did they run away from? What did they want to achieve in this way? What the loneliness and melancholy is for them? These are just some of the questions that Grzybowska is trying to answer with 9 GATES OF NO RETURN.
Comprised of two parts, Grzybowska’s book contains extremely powerful portraits and landscapes printed inquadtones, accompanied by colourful polaroids and memorable handwritten interviews. All photographs were taken during several Grzybowska’s winter stays in the Bieszczady Mountains.
Photographs: Agata Grzybowska
Proverb: Stefano de Luigi | VII Photo
Book designer: Aneta Kowalczyk
Photo edition: Agata Grzybowska, Grzegorz Kosmala, Aneta Kowalczyk, Aleksandra Szymczyk, Anna Theiss
Interviews: Agata Grzybowska
Text selection and translation: Aleksandra Szymczyk
Proofreading: Joanna Romanowicz, Kate Romanowicz
Text correction: Aleksandra Duszyńska, Grzegorz Kosmala
Cover: hard, canvas with two bindings
Format: 240×327 mm
Number of pages: 200
Number of photographs: 66 (quadtones) + 8 (colours)
Language version: English/Polish
Print run: 1000 copies including
400 PL (regular edition)
570 EN (regular edition)
30 EN (collector’s edition in handmade wooden box with a print signed by the author)
Printing: Argraf, Warsaw
Publication date: November 2017
Publisher: BLOW UP PRESS
ISBN: 978-83-939917-5-4 EN / 978-83-939917-4-7 PL