Jacek Gancarz is a free-lance photographer based in south Florida. He is currently working on long-term self-directed documentary projects.
He is accepting editorial assignments worldwide. He has extensive experience in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. He is fluent in Polish and Spanish.
He is also available for commissioned portraits, photojournalistic weddings, corporate, fashion and events.
Exhibitions: March 8 - April 14, 2007. Group show. Viajeros: Images of Cuba. Miami Dade College's Centre Gallery at Wolfson Campus, Miami, Florida. A featured destination by the The Society for Photographic Education.
November 2005 - January 2006. Group show. Viajeros: North American Artist/Photographers' Images of Cuba. Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Books: Gancarz was selected as a contract photographer to work on the book, America 24/7, a project documenting life in America. Two of his images were published in the New York Times best-seller and several of his images were included in the subsequent book, Florida 24/7, in 2004.
Jacek Gancarz collaborated with the Norton Museum of Art to devise and teach a three-day photography workshop for their P.A.C.E program (Progressive After School Art Community Education) at the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center in 2002 and at the Boys and Girls Club in Belle Glade, Fla. in 2003.
In 1969 Gancarz fled his native Poland to Italy with his parents. Soon after, they made their way to the US. His passion for photography began at the age of 12 when his father gave him a used camera.
After earning a bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University he traveled extensively and published a coffee-table book, Palm Beach: Florida's Riviera.
He participated in the prestigious photojournalism workshops of the University of Missouri and Western Kentucky University. He free-lanced before joining the Palm Beach Daily News in 1997. Recently he decided to pursue a documentary project motivated by personal loss.
His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Palm Beach Post and The Observer (UK), among others, as well as in the award-winning ezine Souleyes.com.
He has won numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Florida Press Club, Cox Newspapers, Southern Short Course in Photojournalism, and Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.