For those of you interested in photojournalism at its finest, I highly recommend you check out the World Press Photo exhibition, which features some of the best award-winning photos taken by some of the world’s foremost photographers, ranging from a study on people who work at a circus to disturbing images from hotbed warzones. There are even photos taken before, during and after the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The exhibition in Tokyo at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography also had a sort of video memorial to Kenji Nakai, a Japanese photojournalist who was killed during an anti-government protest in Myanmar. Sorry, I can’t find a site for him since I can’t spell his name in Japanese but if someone finds it, please let me know.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. There’s a very good and actually a little funny exhibit on the people’s faces at the finish line of a marathon that garnered a few snickers and a photographer who took pictures of microscopic organisms.
But the majority of the photos featured work by war photographers as well as those that delve into the less desirable areas of the world, including one photographer’s study of adults who were sexually harassed as children and another’s pictures of dead animals who were hunted in the arctic. However, this is the nature of photojournalism, really. These should be pictures that inform you of what is happening in our world and make you think about the important issues they represent.
I highly recommend you check it out if the exhibit is available in your city. The full list of dates can be found here. Unfortunately for those of you in Vancouver, it will not be coming to our great city. In fact, the closest it gets is Montreal (Aug 29th – Sept 28th) and Ottawa (Aug 1st – 24th). In fact, there are only three North American dates that I see here, with the third being New York (right now…til July 17th!). If it isn’t available, you can see most of the winning photos on the official site. Maybe that’s because World Press Photo is based out of Amsterdam. But if you’re a photographer or if you’re interested in world events, then definitely give it a look.