studied Polish history at Warsaw University, and subsequently
was employed as a domestic reporter and, in 1964, as the only (!) foreign correspondent
for the Polish Press Agency. While working for the latter, he gained critical and popular praise for
his coverage of civil wars, revolutions and social conditions
in the Third World, specially in Africa,
where he witnessed the liberation from colonialism..
When he finally returned to Poland, it is said that he had lived through twenty-seven
revolutions and coups, been jailed forty times and survived four death
Ryszard Kapuściński is also a poet, publicist, photographer and author. He used his experiences as correspondent, and the access his profession brought him to first-hand information to write books such as The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, 1978 (about Ethiopian Haile Selassie); the Shah of Shahs, 1982 (on Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran); and Imperium, about the last days of the Soviet Union, 1993.
Kapuściński was excited not only by different countries and its people,
but as well by books: he would read a great deal before each
assignment, and he had the ability to listen to people's stories and to read
the tales of the lands he travelled. Considered a Nobel prize candidate, who never received the honor, he is a reporter whose observations became philosophical
reflections on the world and people.
In V2_'s 2003 Information is Alive, he published These People, Where Are They? and in the 2002 TransUrbanism, he printed an excerpt of his book Ebony (original= Heban, 1999).