Continents contains photographic portraits of anonymous people by Ryszard Kapuscinski (with text written by Lidia Ostałowska), pictures of Bangladesh by Thomas Gudzowaty (with text by Witold Szabłowski), personal records by Andrzej Stasiuk from Kyrgyzstan, and Wojciech Jagielski’s work on Congo.
Mainly translated from the Polish quarterly Kontynenty, most of the magazine’s contributors are Polish writers and reporters with well-established reputations. Continents includes features about a wide range of countries all around the world. There are personal accounts of journeys by foreign correspondents and travel writers, pictorial accounts by photo-journalists, articles on modern political affairs as well as on the historical events that have shaped particular countries, interviews and other extracts.
Also included in the English issue for iPad are Paul Smolensky’s story of the peszmergi - Kurdish militants; Paulina Wilk’s essay about current social awakenings in India; Max Cegielski’s account of the expedition on the border of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan as the backdrop for the Great Game fought between the British and Russian empires; a report by Aleksandra Krzyżaniak – Gumowski, which follows in the footsteps of Bronisław Malinowski on the Trobriand (Kriwina) Islands; Mariusz Zawadzki’s maps of Magellan's secret sailing history, as well as an interview with a classic travel literature author Colin Thubronem about the sense of wandering .
- Two years ago, when I first started producing a magazine about travelling, one thing I knew for certain: getting to know the world may result either from an avid love of sightseeing, or from an obsession with going deep into the heart of it all. I chose the latter. And I invited the best possible guides to take part in my quest: Poland’s most internationally renowned, highly acclaimed foreign correspondents, top writers and prize-winning photojournalists – travellers, rovers and pilgrims. I wanted to explore the world through their eyes, hear their stories and grasp concepts they already understood. And so began my life’s finest adventure – a wonderful expedition called Kontynenty. So far we have jointly produced seven issues of this quarterly magazine, featuring dozens of superb articles from one of the world’s favourite literary trends, a genre that has been enjoying a revival in Poland – travel writing. We have also published hundreds of first-rate photographs. And the entire enterprise is guided by the benevolent spirit of Ryszard Kapuściński, the founding father of the Polish school of reportage. It was he who showed us that travelling can be an art.
- says Dariusz Fedor , editor in chief of both Continents and Kontynenty.
-And so I’d like to extend an invitation to everyone wanting to perfect this art, everyone who’s curious about the world and its inhabitants, and who’s ready to set off on the endless road towards discovery: please read Continents. I promise you a fabulous journey.
The Continents app fully functions as an iPad application with the inclusion of an active table of contents, photo galleries, slide shows, and an option to enlarge the photographs. The app was prepared by Agora, one of the largest media companies in Poland.
The cost per issue is 4.49 euros. Before purchasing, users can view the contents of each issue and access an essay Paulina Wilk in its entirety for the first issue. Agora announced that the title will be published as a quarterly; it will be available one issue at a time, as well as on annual subscription.
Links for applications: "Continents", "Kontynenty"
Edited by E.M. 08.01.2014