Kazimierz Nowak was born on 11 January 1897 in the town of Stryj in the Podole Region of Poland. After the first world war he moved to Poznań and started working in an insurance company. At that time he also took part in bicycle trips around Poland and pursued his passion of being a traveller and photographer. On the19th of March 1922, Nowak married Maria Gorcik and their daughter Elżbieta was born in the same year. Their son Romuald was born in January of 1925.