Lola Paprocka is a self-taught photographer with a practice centring in documentary imagery. Her focus is on creating work with sentimental narratives that are authentic and honest in their representation of the subject whilst retaining her personal clean and unfussy aesthetic. Many of her projects focus on the theme of adolescence and the interactions of friendship groups among youths, especially those from marginalised communities and subcultures. Her most recent book Studio Portraits (2020), created in collaboration with Pani Paul and shot over a five year period, features a diverse group of youths bound together by a their use of Mile End Skate Park. Lola’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including in galleries in London, Melbourne, New York, Warsaw and Paris.
Alongside her personal practice, she also shoots as part of a photography duo Pani Paul under the moniker Lola & Pani. This work (as well as parts of her personal practice) overlap into the fashion industry where they have contributed stories to magazines including The New York Times, British Vogue, i-D Magazine and Hot Hot Hot! Lola also work commercially in this field for clients such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Selfridges, Farfetch and Airbnb.
Lola Paprocka is a curator, founder and creative director of Palm* Studios, a London based publisher and online platform focusing on photography.
It showcases artists and photographers through creative projects, weekly online features, exhibitions, events and book launches. Lola curates and edit each event and project. She have published over 15 books with various artists including: Molly Matalon, Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz, Vitorria Gerardi, Jacob Lillis, Renato D’Agostin and writers: David Camapny, Lucy Kumara Moore, Chelsea Hodson, Shelley Jones and William Barnes.
Instagram – @lolapaprocka
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i-D Magazine, British Vogue, Document Journal, Hot Hot Hot!, New York Times, FT Weekend, Zeit Magazin, Bloomberg Businessweek, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Selfridges, Uniqlo, Farfetch, COS, Champion, Urban Outfitters, Airbnb, Polaroid, Kodak.
Lodz Grand Prix Fotofestiwal – Finalist 2019
Unveil’d Photobook Award winner 2016
Falmouth University – Talk, June 2020
London Southbank University – Talk, May 2019
Unveil’d Talks: Photography & Publishing Now – Centrespace Gallery Bristol, April 2018
Co-curator at If You Leave Showcase 2017
Cambridge Photographic Society – Talk, 2017
New Contemporaries Talk Series – Plymouth University March 2017
New East Photo Weekend Panel talk – Calvert 22 December 2016
Huck Magazine Photo Workshop – 71A Gallery, July 2016
Northern Rivers – Hempstead May Gallery, London, February 2020
Northern Rivers – Miejsce przy Miejscu 14, Tiff Festival, Wroclaw, August 2018
Unveil’d Presents: Lola Paprocka – Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, April 2018
Ed Forbis. The Printspace London, June 2017
Blokovi: Novi Beograd, 71A Gallery, London May 2016
Paper Journal, Webber Gallery, London August 2018
Wild at Heart, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland March 2018
Vice Photo Issue Show, NYC, September 2016
33hrs/IPF – Sydney, Australia, November 2015
Photo Prize IPF – Melbourne, Australia, November 2015
Tiff Festival – BWA, Wroclaw, Poland, September 2015
IPF- Melbourne, Australia, November 2014
FFF, Paris, July 2014
GMB, 71A Gallery, London, April 2014
GMB – Monday Week Gallery, Melbourne January 2014