Exhibit: World Press Photo Awards 2014
Visiting World Press Photo Awards 2014 exhibit is like witnessing the most important news of the past year. News that can be exciting or overwhelming, shocking or sad, they represent the events that have happened in the world throughout the year. As World Press Photo Foundation states, “We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.” And we, the viewers, come to admire the talent and courage of those who captured these events with such striking clarity, telling a story of life through their powerful images.
This year, the exhibit is presented in the heart of Paris, Le Marais district, hosted by Galérie Azzedine Alaïa. Easy to find, just a few steps from Hôtel de Ville, the gallery is a perfect setting: ornate architecture, full of natural light coming through the glass roof, frescoes depicting maps of various regions of Europe on the walls. And inside these walls – stories, events, war and peace, life and death, wildness and beauty of the world.
Over 5,700 photographers of 132 nationalities have competed with almost 100,000 images in this year’s World Press Photo contest. The competition was tough, and so was the judging. The result is a selection of immaculate photographic images, documenting the most important events of year 2013.
As a photographer, I often ask myself – how, how did the photojournalists make those compelling, stunning images in circumstances, where a usual person would run for life? How do they persuade people to tell their story to the world? How do they get to see and capture the most hidden and secret things that happen behind the closed doors? Their ability to stay calm and concentrated and to tell a visual story of what has happened in front of their eyes is truly outstanding. Every little detail speaks in these images, everything makes sense, and nothing is there by accident.
Even though many photographs depict tragic events and unthinkable circumstances of survival, the one that touched me the most was a portrait of a young woman, turned away disappointed at the close of the final day of the lying-in-state of Nelson Mandela. Sadness and sorrow in her face is mixed with deep respect and hope. Hope is also the key word to black-and-white series about an athlete, diagnosed with cancer, who nevertheless keeps training daily.
So come to join on a visual journey of the past year through the eyes of the world’s top photojournalists, come to remember and to pay respect, come to understand the world.
Helpful hint: information (in 9 languages, including English) about the award-winning images is available in the Exhibition Guide app.
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Galerie Azzedine Alaïa
18 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
Metro Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
Open daily from 11 AM to 7 PM
About the Author
Nadia is passionate about the visual aspect of life and the personalities she meets along the way. Living in the heart of Paris, Nadia never stops exploring the City of Light through her camera and readily shares her knowledge and love for photography.