Jurek Wajdowicz lives and works in New York City. Together with Lisa LaRochelle, he is principal of the award-winning design firm Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS). EWS works with leading international humanitarian organizations and prestigious non-profit institutions around the world.
Wajdowicz began his career as a graphic artist in Lodz, Poland, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in graphic design from the Lodz Academy of Fine Arts. After working on design projects for theaters and museums in Poland and England, he came to the United States as the Art Director of Lubalin, Burns & Co, before co-founding EWS.
Jurek Wajdowicz is acknowledged as one of the leading graphic designers internationally known for his photojournalistic creative approach to design. In the 50th Anniversary Survey of the Graphic Design: USA magazine, Wajdowicz was selected among the “Most Influential Graphic Designers of the Past 50 Years”. His fine art photography book – “Liminal Spaces_fotografie_75” was published by Lars Müller Publishers in Zurich, Switzerland in the Fall of 2013.
Several of his large photographs from the “Liminal Spaces” series was presented at the “Primary Forces” exhibition at the Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York, June – July, 2016.
Wajdowicz’s photo-book “Pride & Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City” was published by The New Press in New York in the Summer of 2016.
His fine art photography solo show “Solace” was presented by the Kasia Michalski Gallery in Warsaw, June – July, 2015.
Jurek Wajdowicz’s art photography and design work is included in the permanent collections of the United States Library of Congress, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (USA), the United Nations (Geneva and New York), the Warsaw Museum of Poster (Poland), Arcus Foundation (New York), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Switzerland), American Institute of Graphic Arts (New York), Lodz Museum of Modern Art (Poland), the Rockefeller Foundation (New York) and the Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Germany), as well as in the private collections in the USA, Poland, Germany and Austria.