Thanks to Grzegorz Dąbrowski's efforts, 5 years after Bolesław Augustis' photographs have been found and presented in the Arsenal Gallery, the priceless pictures have been published in an album. The album's publication is accompanied by an exhibition presenting selected photographs and promotional meetings. The events sorrounding the publication of the album were a part of Białystok City Days 2010.

On Saturday, June 19th 2010, the Arsenal Gallery hosted a promotional meeting. Until September 15th selected photographs were presented on an exhibition organized by the Slendzinski Gallery in “Telimena”. The album could be purchased in a number of places and could be ordered by mail.

AUGUSTIS ALBUM is available in the following places:

  • Arsenal Gallery in Białystok – also by mail order

  • Slendzinski Gallery “Telimena”

  • Akcent bookstore in Białystok – also by mail order

  • Global Village language school


Interwar Białystok. Bolesław Augustis' unique photographs” - monika Żmijewska's article in “Gazeta Wyborcza” read now


His city is Białystok” - Kuba Dąbroski's article in “Przekrój” read now


The project of publishing Bolesław Augustis' photographs from the years 1936-1938 is realized with the financial aid of the City of Białystok under the honorary patronage of the President of Białystok City. 


Album's publisher and project coordinator


Album's publisher and project coordinator

promotional meeting organizer

Gazeta Wyborcza Białystok

 project co-organizer and media patronage

exhibition organizer




An exhibition of pre-war photographs of Białystok. Children playing on an abandoned lot found a priceless collection of negatives created by famous pre-war Białystok photographer, Bolesław Augustis. These materials then went to Grzegorz Dąbrowski, a journalist for “Gazeta Wyborcza”, who meticulously cleaned them and, with the help of WIDOK Association, prepared the exhibition 


Bolesław Augustis

He was 20 years old when, on May 6th 1932, he, his parents, three sisters and a brother came to Bialystok from the distant town of Novosybirsk (Russia). The Augustis family were most likely descendants of Polish exiles to the Siberia after the January Uprising (1863). Bolesław already in Russia graduated from a photography school. In Białystok he worked for some time at the Neuhüttler's photography workshop located in the Kościuszko Plaza. In 1935 he was able to open a mall workshop himself – first at the Killinskiego Street No. 12, then at Killinskiego Street No. 14. The workshop was called Polonia Film. Augustis took photographs to order, he also photographed important events in the city (e.g. demonstrations). However most often he portrayed the citizens in everyday situations. 'For example he photographed a family taking a walk on the street, then gave them his card and invited to come to his workshop to pick up the pictures' says Eugenia Senderacka, Bolesław's younger sister. Sometimes she helped her brother at the workshop. It is in the vicinity of his workshop, at Kilinskiego Street, where he took most of his pictures.

In November 1939 the Soviets took Bolesław's father to Minsk – he was never heard of again. Bolesław Augustis received, from his close friend, an invitation to a New Years Eve Party 1939/1940 which took place in the King Sigmund August gymnasium. During the party he was arrested by the NKVD (Soviet Secret Police) and exiled to the Siberia. From there he got to General Anders' army, with whom he travelled the whole battle route and arrived in England. He never returned to Poland. He settled in New Zealand and got married (to a Polish girl, also a Siberia exile). He died in New Zealand in 1995. Mrs Eugenia and her mother remained in Białystok. After many years they sent Bolesław his favourite camera, a leica, which they kept hidden during the war. They had hidden some of the camera rolls in a cupboard and forgot about them. Then Mrs Eugenia moved to a different house.