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    Marcin Jamkowski

    journalist, filmmaker, photographer of research expeditions

    A chemist by education, a scientific journalist by profession, diver and climber by passion. He studied chemistry in Warsaw, as well as directing, screenwriting and film production at Harvard and MIT. Vice President of the Polish branch of The Explorers Club, an elite New York-based organization of travelers and explorers. Speaker at the TED conference, former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Poland. Currently a journalist, filmmaker and photographer specializing in expeditions, popular science and exploration topics. A graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Warsaw, he gained his journalistic skills in the 1990s, working for 8 years in the science and reportage departments of Gazeta Wyborcza. In 2002-2007, he was deputy and editor-in-chief of National Geographic Polska. In 2004 Marcin became the head of the National Geographic international diving expedition to the Baltic wreck of the ship “Steuben”. His reportage from the expedition was published on the cover of the National Geographic magazine in more than 20 languages around the world. He left NG to go on a Knight Foundation scholarship to the USA. After his return, he founded the Adventure Pictures photography collective in which he has been active to this day. He is the author of three reporter’s exploratory books (“Ghosts of the Baltic Sea”, “Old”, Young and Sea”, “Rescued from the Flood”) and three popular children’s books (“Great Discoverers”, “Great Inventors”, “Great Scientists”). Marcin is the author of documentary films about African climbing expeditions shown at festivals in Poland (Silver CameraTravel Award in Łódź), the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and Canada. In 2010, for Canadian television, he made No Man Left Behind, a film shot in Cambodia, a half-hour documentary about the last battle of the Vietnam War and the search for its victims. He directed two films for UNESCO – “The Art of Sharing” and “Against the Sands of Time” about Polish archaeologists. His latest production is a full-length documentary for TVP “Rescued from the Flood”. The film had its world premiere at The Explorers Club headquarters in New York. Marcin was also a consultant for the screenplay for Krzysztof Krauze’s Debt. Many of Marcin’s publications revolve around “extreme” topics – climbing, diving and survival in difficult conditions, and – at the same time – conducting research and exploration: in high mountains and deserts – both sandy (Sahara) and ice (Greenland). Having high diving qualifications (Full Trimix CMAS) Marcin was not only a chronicler, but also a full participant of underwater expeditions to several dozen wrecks of the Baltic Sea and distant Sierra Leone, to the icebergs of Greenland, to flooded caves of Mexico, the Czech Republic, Serbia, or in the sunken tunnels of the forgotten Warsaw metro line from the 1950s. About Martin’s expedition to Easter Island, National Geographic television made an hour-long documentary film in which Marcin is one of the main characters. Marcin talks about his other expedition, when he was bringing out treasures of Polish kings from the bottom of the Vistula, in his own directed documentary “Rescued from the Flood”. Thanks to his climbing skills (7c+ RP, 7b OS) Marcin took part in expeditions conquering virgin 600-meter vertical walls in Mali (southern Sahara) and Madagascar, as well as in the high Andes (Amazon sources). The ability to survive, in turn, was useful when digging out the tomb of the Nubian king in the Bajuda Desert in Sudan. Marcin’s photographs from these expeditions were published in the largest Polish magazines.