On May 19th, Lola Paprocka, London based photographer who grew up in Poland, opened her exhibition at 71A Gallery, that was an extension of the release of her new book called ‘Blokovi : Novi Beograd’ – a series of photographs that captures New Belgrade apartment blocks and their residents. All images were captured during August of 2015. She worked on the project with her friend Mima Bulj, a curator originally from Belgrade, working and living in Melbourne, Australia.
Lola is a self-taught photographer who developed the ‘habit’ when her mom got her an old analog camera around 6 years ago. She mainly works with medium format and occasionally 35mm. She is a founder of Palm Studios, a platform that promotes photographers, produces exhibitions and has its own publishing house called Palm*. Lola’s inspiration comes mainly from brutalist architecture and portraiture. These two themes are themselves present multiple times throughout her body of work.
Lola has exhibited globally in various group shows and photography festivals as well as curated Independent Photography Festival in London and many book launches and solo exhibitions.
What did you want to be growing up?
I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do when I was younger.
Do you make money with your profession, or you have to do something else to support yourself and do all that you do and what we know you about on ‘the side’?
I started making some money from photography about a year ago. Its mainly through selling books and prints. I work as a freelance creative producer. I also run a publishing company called Palm* Studios.
What is your best and worst attribute?
I’m hard working but I also tend to over do it and that can be annoying I guess.
Where would you most like to live?
I’m happy where I am, London UK.
Who is your hero of fiction?
I used to love Batman when I was a kid.
What is your most treasured possession?
My camera and my Yohji Yamamoto coat.
Which talent would you most like to have?
On what occasion do you lie?
When it feels necessary.
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
What does it feel like when you fall in love?
You stop carrying about any worries and believe everything is possible.
What’s your idea of a dream date?
Don’t really do dates, good food is always nice though haha
Do you like to watch movies?
This one is a big silly, everyone likes movies.
Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you're going to say?
What would constitute a perfect day for you?
Day out taking pictures and a nice meal at the end of the day.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
To be able to understand people and their ways better.
What do you think you will be doing in your 80’s?
Hopefully taking pictures.
Tired but happy.
Favorite place on earth?
Last song you listened?
Q-tip- Let’s Ride.
Photography and Curation: Lola Paprocka (www.lolapaprocka.com)
Concept and Consulting: (www.mimabulj.com)
Design Supervision and DTP by www.moonmadness.eu
Conclusion by Ljubica Slavkovic
Original artwork hand printed by Daren Catlin in London Published by Palm* Studios ( www.palmstudios.co.uk) May 2016 4