Tadeusz Wański (1894 – 1958) was a Polish pictorial photographer.
Between 1926 and 1937 he won as many as 23 awards at domestic and foreign photography contests. In the thirties he became a honourable senior of the Polish Photographers’ Association in Warsaw and member of the so called Trifolium (Trefoil or Clover) of Poznań – an artistic group which included Bolesław Gardulski, Tadeusz Cyprian and Tadeusz Wański. In the years 1938 and 1939 Lviv’s Atlas Publishing House issued a collection of postcards whose large part were the reproductions of Tadeusz Wański’s works.
In 1947 he moved to Gdynia and became honourable president in perpetuity of the Poznań’s Photography Aficionados Association. During World War II he was active in the resistance and later took refuge in the country. After the war, in 1947, he became member of the Polish Photographers’ Association in Warsaw and Gdańsk, and joined the Association of Polish Art Photographers in 1947.
Tadeusz Wański was above all a landscapist. He used to embark on long walking tours in search of a perfect frame; he would often spend hours waiting for the right cloud arrangement of a flash of light just to take a picture of a vivid and meaningful scene.
His soft and painter-like style, often evocatively atmospheric, was well known both in Poland and abroad. His photographs taken with the use of special techniques were often compared to those of Leonard Missone. Very sensitive approach to nature, an ability to adapt to the mood of the moment, the landscape’s lighting and his rare talent of being able to feel the atmosphere of historical architecture gained him recognition. Moreover, his unique artistic work had influenced many other photographers, giving birth to a new style of landscape photography.
After World War II he was regarded the most eminent continuator of Jan Bułhak’s tradition. He had always remained, however, a very modest man, a photographer who never imposed his style on others. He crystallized the style and continued it, almost unchanged (Wański finally gave up using alternative techniques), until the last months of his life. Just before he passed away, he had been preparing photographs for his individual exhibition that took place in the spring of 1959. Tadeusz Wański died on 17 December, 1958 in Gdynia.