Olympus Mentor and Photojournalist Thomas Dworzak has covered some of the most prominent newsroom topics of the last twenty years.
From the 2015 Paris terror attacks, to personal projects such as The Dark World of Pokémon Go!, he has documented and explored the most conflicting elements of human behaviour and society.
When asked about his personal approach to image-making, Thomas describes it simply as immersing. “I’m just trying to live my life, and take pictures in the least disrupting way–for me and the people I photograph,” he says. “I’m drawn to photojournalism by curiosity, curiosity, and again curiosity and the unpredictability of it.”
Thomas’ latest focus has been to finish ‘A Russian Journal’ revisited, which has seen him travelling with writer Julius Strauss in the footsteps of John Steinbeck and Robert Capas’ 1947 book through Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.
The images featured here are a selection from the series. Though Thomas’ interest has remained unwaivered since he first started shooting in college, his photographic style has certainly evolved. “I think I tried to shoot ‘fancier’ without much success in my earlier years. Now I embrace the straight forward way,” he says. “I used to try to get really close. Now I want more distance.” He has covered a myriad of different international news stories, and worked as a TIME Magazine contract photographer between 2005 to 2008.
Although he is still actively available for assignments, he has his own ideas IIfor projects. “Mostly I come up with an idea of what I want to do in a vague way, and then find ways to finance it with all kinds of different supports,” he says.
After spending most of his film years shooting with Olympus OM1s and OM2s “with passion”, his current camera of choice is the Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II. “When the opportunity came to test this new model, I was very eager to try it out. So far, I’m very happy.”
Having covered so many major conflicts, does Thomas feel his imagery has some overarching purpose? “In the best possible situation, if I manage to create confusion and reflection, then I think I have done an OK job.”