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’s still images are published on book covers worldwide. In the past year, her focus has expanded from portraiture to dark feminine erotica. Iness is fascinated by the idea of conveying sexuality and cruelty in a subtle evocative way. Her conceptual work provokes the viewer’s imagination, rather than satisfy it.


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


2018 | International Photography Awards, Nude – Honourable Mention

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

2018 | ImageNation, ‘Paris Photo Off’ – Photography Exhibition in Paris / November

2018 | ImageNation, ‘Ethereal’ – Photography Exhibition in Paris / May

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

2017 | European Cinematography Awards – Best Woman Director (‘The Dark Box’) / March

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’

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