In 1978, at the age of 67, Zofia Rydet set out on a mammoth task – she wanted to photograph the inside of every Polish household. Rydet was nothing if not obsessive: she once said ‘I need to take photos immediately – it’s like an addiction, like vodka for an alcoholic’. True to form, she worked on the remarkable set of pictures right up to her death in 1997, taking 20,000 in all

Zofia Rydet: the woman who tried to photograph every house in Poland – in pictures

In 1978, at the age of 67, Zofia Rydet set out on a mammoth task – she wanted to photograph the inside of every Polish household. Rydet was nothing if not obsessive: she once said ‘I need to take photos immediately – it’s like an addiction, like vodka for an alcoholic’. True to form, she worked on the remarkable set of pictures right up to her death in 1997, taking 20,000 in all

Zofia Rydet - autoportret (1911 - 1997) Polska

Zofia Rydet - autoportret (1911 - 1997) Polska

Zofia Rydet - zapis socjologiczny

Zofia Rydet - zapis socjologiczny

Zofia Rydet photograph of the "little man", Poland, 1960

Zofia Rydet photograph of the "little man", Poland, 1960

Zofia Rydet: the woman who tried to photograph every house in Poland – in pictures

Zofia Rydet: the woman who tried to photograph every house in Poland – in pictures

Zofia Rydet - Sociological Record - a sweepingly comprehensive photographic “portrait” of Polish domestic life that would come to span decades, regions, and even countries. And yet for all of its epic scope and panoramic vision, the “Record” is comprised of portraits that often feel as intimate as those carried within a locket worn around the neck, or else to be found stored in shoeboxes hibernating atop wardrobes and at the backs of closets.

Zofia Rydet - Sociological Record - a sweepingly comprehensive photographic “portrait” of Polish domestic life that would come to span decades, regions, and even countries. And yet for all of its epic scope and panoramic vision, the “Record” is comprised of portraits that often feel as intimate as those carried within a locket worn around the neck, or else to be found stored in shoeboxes hibernating atop wardrobes and at the backs of closets.

Zofia Rydet

Zofia Rydet

Zofia Rydet photograph of the "little man", Bulgaria, 1959

Zofia Rydet photograph of the "little man", Bulgaria, 1959

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