Iness Rychlik is a Polish-born photographer and filmmaker with a particular interest in historical drama. Despite her severe myopia, she has been dedicated to visual storytelling for over a decade.

Iness graduated with First Class Honours in Film from Screen Academy Scotland. Set in Victorian London, her final-year film ‘The Dark Box’ follows an unhappily married woman, who pursues photography to escape from her oppressive relationship. ‘The Dark Box’ premiered at Camerimage, where Iness received a Golden Tadpole nomination for her cinematography. Most recently, she shot and directed two mini-documentaries about art for the BBC Scotland.

Rychlik is recognised for her dark feminine erotica, which has been awarded and exhibited all around the world. She is fascinated by the idea of conveying sexuality and cruelty in a subtle evocative way. Her conceptual self-portraits provoke the viewer’s imagination, rather than satisfy it.


iness@inessrychlik.com | Based out of London & Edinburgh.


2019 | 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, FotoNostrum Gallery – Barcelona, Spain

2019 | Trierenberg Super Circuit, Design Center Linz – Linz, Austria

2019 | Foto Festival Lenzburg, Lenzburg – Switzerland

2018 | ‘Paris Photo Off’ by ImageNation, Galerie Joseph – Paris, France

2018 | ‘Ethereal’ by ImageNation, Espace des Arts sans Frontières – Paris, France


2019 | International Photography Awards, Fine Art Portrait – Honourable Mention

2019 | 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award – Honourable Mention

2019 | Trierenberg Super Circuit – Special Theme Award Winner

2019 | Fresh 19, Photography – Carbon Award Winner

2018 | International Photography Awards, Nude – Honourable Mention

2018 | Spotlight Photography Awards, Emerging Talent – Shortlisted for Top Ten

2017 | Fine Art Photography Awards, Nude – Nominee

2017 | Ptit Clap Film Festival – The Second Prize of the Jury (‘The Dark Box’)

2016 | Camerimage – The Golden Tadpole Nomination (‘The Dark Box’)

2016 | International Photography Awards, Nude – Honourable Mention

2016 | International Photography Awards, Self-Portrait – Honourable Mention


2018 | Prodibi – ‘Innocence and temptation to provoke your imagination’

2018 | Fumo Gallery – ‘Dark feminine eroticism by photographer Iness Rychlik’