Born in Poland and raised in Canada, Dagmara grew up in a diverse environment, somewhere between Polish, French Canadian, and Anglophone cultures, all within an immigrant household. This opened her up to a new perspective on tradition, language as well as family values.
Long periods of hospitalization and bed rest in her childhood shaped her vision of the world and allowed her to observe her surroundings more carefully. From this was born a pressing need to understand people, to dive into things and push back her personal limits.
From 2003, her curiosity for foreign lands led her to study and work in several different places, including eastern Canada, Ecuador, Spain, Switzerland and France.
Although initially having studied political science and environmental issues, she has been interested in photography since adolescence. In 2011, she completed a photography diploma at Concordia University in Montreal and then in Paris at Ecole Estienne in 2014.
She divides her time between personal documentary work, commissioned work and lifestyle photography. Her themes of interest include personal and cultural identity, family ties, migration, and environmental impact stories.
She approaches these themes from a social angle. Her work fits into subjective documentary photography, or as it is also called, creative documentary photography.