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Every month in our column "The Surprise Guest" we introduce a public figure whose work and commitment are seen by others as a source of inspiration. In particular their courage, strength of character and determination to take action are exemplary.
In this month's EESC Info, we give the floor to Sławek Kamiński, photographer for Gazeta Wyborcza, who shares with us the photos he took at Ukraine's border with Poland.
There are similar scenes are in other places, because Ukrainian people is crossing borders in several European countries, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Moldavia.
Although an experienced photographer who witnessed human tragedy on many occasions , Slawek Kamiński says his throat tightened at the sight of Ukrainian mothers and children entering Poland in Rzeszow, Przemyśl, and in Medyka-Szeginie, saying goodbye to husbands and fathers who return to their country to fight.
With the tragic history of Ukraine unfolding before our very eyes, it is thanks to the tireless and heroic work of journalists, photographers and cameramen like to Sławek Kaminski, who go where we cannot go, that we learn about the events on the ground and the tragic plight of people in a war. It is thanks to them that we remain in the know and that we are mobilized to help.
Sławek Kamiński is the winner of several awards and distinctions in prestigious press photography competitions. He won the Grand Prize - Photo of the Year in the Grand Press Photo 2019 competition. With his camera, he has been documenting political changes in Poland for more than 30 years. His work has been published in most Polish and many foreign press outlets and books. He has also taken part in major advertising projects. His news photos can be seen on Wyborcza.pl and Reuters.(ll/ehp)