Arek Rataj (born 24 December 1983) is a Polish journalist, contemporary street photographer, educator.

He studied sociology and journalism. Attended The Poznan School of Social Sciences in Poland and earned a master’s degree in social communication. From 2011 to 2016, he worked as a language teacher in Europe (England), Central America (Honduras) and Asia (China).

The first award recipient of Polish NA SZAGE Festival for a non-fiction story (2014). Member of international curating team WeStreet (2015, 2016) – a public street photography book project. Participant of group exhibitions in Ecuador (La vuelta al mundo, 2015), Romania (Street Visions, 2016) and Poland (Street Dogs of Poland, Fotofestiwal Lodz, 6th Leica Street Photo, 2016). One of the laureates of DEBUTS, Poland’s first complex program whose aim is to promote the most talented, emerging Polish photographers (2016). Winner of the 6th Leica Street Photo contest organized by Leica Camera Poland (2016). Nominated in Poland’s National Geographic Photo Contest 2016. The Juror’s Pick Award recipient in LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016.

Member of photography collectives Bluestreets (, The Orange Moon (, Black and White Street ( and Streets in Color (

Favourite quote

A good style is unseen style. It is style that is felt – Sidney Lumet.

Join the discussion One Comment

Leave a Reply