“Strong, moving and surprisingly vulnerable.” Anders Petersen


Deceitful Reverence by Igor Pisuk is an exceptional presentation of the meanders of the human internal transformation. Pisuk leads us through the painful process of getting out of alcohol addiction, discovering a new self, dealing with the surrounding reality, seeking the closeness of other man, and  – finally – finding love. Everything is embellished with unusually suggestive photographs, showing  human nature with no embarrassment.

The process Pisuk got through was a specific therapy and directing the camera lens on himself was a substitute for alcohol.

“The photography let me express the chaos that was in my head, name different emotions and states, observe the accompanying me loneliness, alienation, love, all kinds of fears and hopes,” – says the author of the book. – “‘Deceitful Reverence’ is a photographic record of visions, emotions, dreams, nightmares as well as experiencing of the simplest elements of reality in an organic, intense, semi-magical way. The worlds of inner feelings mix here with the outer ones, shaping and affecting the first ones.”

The book, which marks the end of years of the registration of the author’s experiences, pushes the reader on a psychological roller coaster. The dense and dark atmosphere of the pictures doesn’t let go, doesn’t let catch a breath, doesn’t give a moment of respite. With every page of the book, flawlessly designed by Aneta Kowalczyk, we are going deeper and deeper into the recesses of the consciousness and subconsciousness of “the man who keeps getting lost, loses ground under his feet, falls, but step by step regains the sense of space, first reaches himself, then manages to get  outside – into the human world.”1 What did he find there? Whom he met?



Photographs: Igor Pisuk
Music: Bartosz Dziadosz

Opening essay: Agata Pyzik
Book design: Aneta Kowalczyk

Language version: English
Proof reading: Ben Borek

Publisher: BLOW UP PRESS, Warsaw (Poland)
Premiere: November 23, 2018

Print and binding: Argraf, Warsaw (Poland)
Cover: soft (cardboard + screen printing)
Dimensions: 224 x 300 mm
Number of pages: 152
Number of photographs: 102

ISBN: 978-83-939917-9-2 

Print run: 400 copies (including 200 copies with a CD of Bartosz Dziadosz’s music inspired by the book)


Alternatively, you can also buy a limited edition of the book with the CD and archival print signed and numbered by Igor Pisuk.


1 Taken from Agata Pyzik’s text accompanying the exhibition of Igor Pisuk @ Pix.House Gallery (35a Głogowska St., Poznań, Poland) organised within the 2018 Photobooks Festival XPRINT – Private Stories.


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