has a Ph.D. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in Media Art, and is a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers, the Visum Archiv Agency of Hamburg, Germany, the National Geographic Creative Agency of Washington D.C., and the American Society of Media Photographers. He specializes in journalistic photography and has had his photos published in major newspapers and magazines worldwide including Stern, Paris Match, Geo, New York Times, Time, US News & World Report, Sunday Times, Fortune, Vogue, Elle, Zeit Magazin, Die Zeit, Focus, Die Weltwoche, Nieuwe Revu, La Croix, La Vie, Famiglia Cristiana, and Capital. He has also authored a number of books, including Remnants: The Last Jews of Poland; Gypsies: The Last Ones; In Search of America; In The Centre; Astonishing Spain; A Stone’s Throw; Overwhelmed By The Atmosphere Of Kindness and has co-illustrated over a dozen collective works. He has held numerous individual exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Indonesia and Poland. Tomasz is the recipient of many Polish and international awards for photography. For over twenty years he has been a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine in which 18 of his photo essays have been published. Tomasz has taught photography in Poland, the USA, Germany and Italy. www.tomasztomaszewski.com
Kent Kobersteen is a former newspaper photographer, editor and Director of Photography at National Geographic magazine. He currently conducts photographic workshops and lectures internationally on the philosophy, ethics and business of photojournalism. Kobersteen was Director of Photography and Senior Editor at National Geographic magazine from February 1998 until January 2005. He joined the National Geographic in 1983 as a picture editor.
As Director of Photography at National Geographic his responsibilities involved building the magazine’s cadre of staff and freelance photographers, assigning photography for the magazine, supervising the photographers administratively, as well as participating in the editorial management of the photographic coverages for the Magazine.
Before joining the National Geographic, Kobersteen spent eighteen years at the Minneapolis (Minnesota) Tribune — sixteen years as a staff photographer and two years as the editor of the Tribune’s Sunday magazine.
While at the Minneapolis Tribune, Kobersteen won numerous awards for his photography. A series on the drought in Africa’s Sahel, another on Cuba under Castro, a third on the major oil producing nations, and a fourth series on global poverty each received recognition from groups such as the Overseas Press Club and the National Press Photographers Association. Work from domestic assignments also received recognition from professional groups
Kobersteen has lectured and participated in workshops and seminars on photography, journalism ethics, editing and newspaper production throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. He was a co-director of photography workshops in Bulgaria and Hungary, and of an editing and production workshop in Bulgaria.