World Press Photo Exhibit
Rome has 20 civic museums. I found this out while I was putting together a list for an Australian friend of all the websites I’ve discovered while living here. There’s quite a few sites that are helpful for expats and visitors alike. I’ll post them in a separate blog post soon. But back to the Musei in Comune website. It was featuring an exhibit at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere of the winners of the World Press Photo contest. I was intrigued, so I took myself there the other day.
Who knew? World Press is a non-profit organization, based in Amsterdam, that was started in 1955. According to it’s website, “World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide. We strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and for the free exchange of information.” Every year they hold a photo contest. This year more than 5,500+ photographers submitted over 100,000 photos. Winners are selected by an international jury and the winning photographs (this year there are 54) head out in an exhibition that visits 45 countries during the year.
The photos are amazing. They are also disturbing, heart wrenching, touching and compose a diary of the past year. War, in it’s various ugly forms is featured, as are the daily lives of people, places and animals. Each photo is displayed with it’s story…not just where the photo was taken, but the political and cultural context in which its subjects were captured.
I took some photos of the photos, but even better yet, the World Press Photo website has them readily available, so you don’t have to travel to an exhibition site to see them. The link to view the photo gallery is to the right under Cool Stuff of Interest (World Press Photo). Enjoy!