Panos Pictures

Tim Dirven; Two boys ride a bike at the ruins of Palmyra; 2008; Palmyra, Syria. © Tim Dirven / Panos Pictures

Panos Pictures is collaborating with Artstor to share 35,000 images of contemporary global affairs in the Digital Library. Panos specializes in documenting critical social issues as well as stories beyond the daily media agenda. From urban development in Turkey, and deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, to detailed photos of extinct and endangered species at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the endurance of cyclists in the Tour de Faso, and Charlie Chaplin impersonators in India, the collection covers thousands of compelling stories and issues, soon to be discoverable via the Artstor Digital Library. With more than 100 contributing photographers based across the globe, the Panos archive is one of the most comprehensive visual records of our contemporary world. Images documenting urban and rural communities, diverse landscapes and the built environment, peace and conflict, tell the story of the ties between globalized and localized life.  

For over twenty-five years, Panos Pictures has been working with the commercial and nonprofit sectors, actively using photography to campaign and communicate through a range of media to new and diverse audiences. Recognizing that photography is more than pictures on a page, Panos has engaged in all forms of visual communication, producing exhibitions, multimedia, books and video, as well as long-term documentary projects. Panos photographers seek out stories that matter and convey an unparalleled understanding and awareness of the sensitivities and ethical dimensions of the issues and areas they document. In addition to Panos creating its own projects, it makes its expertise available to other organizations.