Piotr Andrews

Article published on Oct. 11, 2007
community published
Article published on Oct. 11, 2007
Recently I have become interested in war photography. I would like to introduce, in a couple of words, a Polish war photographer - Piotr Andrews, who captured with his camera the events of the domestic war in Balkans. He was born in 1961 in Nigeria and grew up in Poland. Then he emigrated to Canada. It was in 1981. He studied photography in Ottawa.
He worked for the Associated Press and since 1991 he has been working for Reuters.

I don’t know why the world should look like that when I take a photo. I know that because of how it looks it should change. And not because I have seen these tragedies, but because lots of people whom I photographed will never see anything again. And it doesn't have to be like that.

He came to Europe in 1991 and he was a witness of conflicts in the former Soviet Union. From Lithuania to Georgia, Chechnya. In 1996 he started his four-year-lasting work in Africa – Etiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, The Republic of South Africa, Takoza, Uganda, Zair. Moreover he is the author of a large number of reportages on the conflict in Afganistan (2001-2002), war in Persian Gulf and war in former Jugoslavia. In 1996 he was nominated for the Pulizer prize for his photo of the masacre in Sarajevo. During the exhibition of his works of art in Lublin in 2003, for the question: with which of his photos he is the most emotionally related, he answered that with the one from Sarajevo. That was taken when he was nearly killed by a mortal bullet that exploded in a place he passed a few minutes before that. Furthermore, this photo caused NATO attacks on Serb positions what in result finished the war in Bosnia.

I don't think that any man who has never experienced war and knows it only from television realizes how cruel and horrible it is in reality.

He has got an eye tattooed on his back, which is to save him from snipers’ bullets. Now he works for the Polish Reuters in Warsaw. He has seen most of the war conflicts in the world.