Anna Orlowska’s photographs are strongly related to both cinema and theater—that is to say, her carefully planned and constructed images relay situations, visions, or scenarios that exhibit performative qualities, as if something has just happened or is about to. Dreamlike and fantastical, too, Orłowska's pictures consciously reference magical realism: a child appears sleeping on a tree branch or the camera focuses on a woman with mutton chops. Orlowska is also an accomplished watercolorist; she received an MFA from the Photography Department at the National Film School in Lodz, Poland as well as an undergraduate degree from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic.
Orlowska has participated in numerous group shows including “ReGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today,” presented at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Aperture Foundation in New York. She was awarded a scholarship for the PhotoGlobal program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.