KRZYSZTOF PTAK PASSED AWAY
We inform with deepest regret that the world of cinema has lost another magnificent artist who had devoted his life to developing and promoting the art of film. Krzysztof Ptak was a cinematographer with over one hundred feature, documentary and television projects made during his career, as well as a brilliant pedagogue who strongly desired to imbue the future filmmakers with not only creativity and passion, but also the importance of the technical prowess and the team spirit. Since the late 1970s Krzysztof Ptak was eagerly working on sets and climbing the industry ladder, finally to become one of the pillars of Polish film industry, as well as its indelible symbol, a recognizable brand name, a guarantee of quality. He was an alumnus and a longtime lecturer of Lodz Film School.
Krzysztof Ptak at Camerimage 2009,
photo by Sabine Felber
Among the numerous awards and distinctions bestowed upon Krzysztof Ptak for his film work, there are also two Camerimage Frogs: Golden, which he won in 2002 for Piotr Trzaskalski's Edi, ex aequo with Conrad L. Hall for Sam Mendes's Road to Perdition, and Silver, received in 2009 for his cinematography in Wojciech Smarzowski's The Dark House. However, all the laurels he got were for Krzysztof Ptak of lesser importance than the way his films were received by the audiences. And the viewers loved his work on Jan Jakub Kolski's Jasminum, Maciej Dejczer's 300 Miles to Heaven, Piotr Trzaskalski's Edi, Wojciech Marczewski's Weiser, Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze's Papusza, among many others he had made.
We wish to offer our sincere condolences to the family and relatives of Krzysztof Ptak. The world of film has lost another great artist. Considering he was only 62, he could have shot many more memorable pictures, though the artistic legacy speaks for itself. We are certain that his films will inspire many future generations of viewers and filmmakers alike to find their own artistic voices.