Adam Golec was born in Myslowice, Poland in 1970. He is an alumnus of the National Film, Television & Theatre School in Lodz and studied at the University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Adam is as multi faceted as he is talented and is a photographer, reporter, member of the Polish Journalists Association (SDP) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). He is connected to the Gazeta Wyborcza since 1991, where he coordinates the Krakow branch of the Photo Department. Adam is the recipient of numerous press photo competitions, including the Gazeta Wyborcza’s Photographer of the Year in 1997; he was twice the winner of the Press Photography contest which included a portrait of Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska , a photograph which became a cornerstone in Polish press photography. Adam is a multiple laureate of the Krakow competition ‘Portrait of the City and in 2007, he was named the Malopolska Photojournalist of the Year. He has been the recipient of the first prizes in the biggest Polish press photo contests in 2008, 2009. 2010, 2011.
His assignments include work with Agencja Gazeta and French agency VU. He has published in Gazeta Wyborcza, Duzy Format, Wysokie Obcasy (Gazeta Wyborcza supplements), Polish edition of National Geographic and Traveler, Gala, Viva, Elle, Przekroj, Tygodnik Powszechny, and many others.
Adams says ‘As a photographer, I am predominantly interested in photo essays and press portraits. I attempt to reach people, places and events that exist in the world surrounding us, but often pass unnoticed and unappreciated. I am interested in life that has not been captured on page, in events that escaped the mainstream news. I get enormous pleasure from meeting the people I photograph, and I try to capture their images in their natural surroundings’.