The Polish Telegraphic Agency (PAT) was established 100 years ago, on October 31, 1918. It replaced all Polish information and press services operating during the First World War. Less than two weeks later, on November 11, 1918, the Regency Council transferred military power and the command of Polish units under its supervision to Józef Piłsudski. On the same day, Germany signed a ceasefire which ended the military operations of the Great War. Poland had regained independence.
In 1991, the Polish Telegraphic Agency (PAT) was symbolically united with the Polish Press Agency (PAP). Asked about his message for PAP from its predecessors, Ferdynand Pasiecznik, the last head of the Polish Telegraphic Agency, which had its headquarters in London, said that "one should always write the truth, even if it is unpleasant."
Forms of communication have changed since 1918 but one of them, namely the power of the photographic image, has remained unaltered. Probably because a good picture speaks a thousand words. That is why, to mark the centenary of Poland regaining its independence and 100 years of the Polish Press Agency, PAP has created this photographic exhibition which tells our history.
The exhibition will be on view from 17 September to 27 November at Art Walk Gallery on 1 Plac Europejski Warsaw.