World Press Photo at Red October
World Press Photo is an annual traveling exhibition following the most prestigious contest in photo-journalism. The winners were awarded prizes in Amsterdam in February at the headquarters of the contest organisers. This exhibition features two hundred works selected from over 100,000 images by over 5,000 photographers. The juries—nineteen picture editors, photographers and representatives of press agencies—judged the 2009 reportage in the following categories: People in the News, Sports, Nature and Portraits. The first prize, the ‘World Press Photo of the Year’ prize, was awarded to the Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo. The picture shows women shouting protests from a rooftop in Tehran following the contested presidential elections in Iran.
Ayperi Karabuda, the first juror, commented on the jury’s choice: “The photo shows the beginning of something, the beginning of a huge story. It adds perspectives to news...” For greater effect
and explication they could add voices to the photograph of course, but then this would have been an installation, not photography. The images do indeed capture so much that it becomes difficult to breathe: Afghanistan victims, human and animal; draught victims in Africa. Those pictures are the background of Euronews you watch every day, in the hope that violence is left behind.
June 11 – July 11
Red October Factory
Bersenevskaya Embankment 2, Building