If you were to divide the 10 million photos from the archive Agencja Gazeta, which was launched in 1994 by Gazeta Wyborcza’s photo department, by the number of days since then, you would learn that around 1,000 photos are created every day. They depict the current events in Poland and in the world in the paper edition of the newspaper and magazines, appear on the internet pages of Wyborcza.pl and Gazeta.pl and many other news media, including Reuters, the world’s largest photo news agency.
And yet, photos are not just numbers, but stories. The most important ones, painting the history of Poland and the world over the last 30 years, and those less spectacular, depicting the fate of individual people in the furthers corners of the world. Over the last three decades, the photo reporters of Agencja Gazeta have documented the changes in Poland, Romania, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. They took readers to the armed conflicts, coups and revolutions in places like Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Rwanda. They documented the visits of the greatest sta - tesmen and papal visits; painted the portraits of outstanding artists. From the early days, they are close to people, revealing them with exceptional sensitivity in their moments of success, but also in the middle of the most painful defeats or tragedy.
Agencja Gazeta represents dozens of photographers, winners of prestigious prizes in competitions that include World Press Photo, Grand Press Photo, BZ WBK Press Photo and Polish Press Photo Competition.