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Rohan Kelly, Australien, The Daily Telegraph
Bondi Beach, Sydney, 6. November 2015


09.09.2016 – 16.10.2016

Since 1955 the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photo-journalism which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, organizes the World Press Photo competition. An international jury, which is changed every year judges the submitted entries that come from photographers from all over the world.

One of the central topics of this year’s edition is the ongoing conflict in Syria and its consequences. For the World Press Photo of the year the jury chose a picture by Australian photographer Warren Richardson. The photo taken last summer depicts refugees in the area of Röszke, just after the closing of the Serbian-Hungarian border. In total the jury awarded prizes across eight theme categories to 42 photographers from 21 countries. Close to 6,000 candidates had entered the competition with more than 80,000 photographs.

It is already the fifteenth time World Press Photo exhibition visits WestLicht Museum, which fittingly celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The previous edition draw attention from almost 23,000 visitors. Being popular icons of our times, the awarded single images and series form a unique retrospective of last year’s events, covering such subjects as politics, culture, sports and nature.

Till Schaap Edition, 240 pages, German language edition, 24.5 x 19 cm
€ 27,-
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Erich Lessing: People burning portraits of former Communist Party Secretary Mátyás Rákosi, Budapest 1956 © Erich Lessing



On occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, Fotomuseum WestLicht presents an exhibition showcasing haunting documentation of the dramatic events that had the world holding its breath in the fall of 1956. What had begun as a mass rally of students demanding democratic reforms on October 23 soon escalated into an armed struggle against the single-party dictatorship of the communist government and the Soviet occupiers. The invasion of Hungary by additional Red Army divisions and the installation of a pro-Soviet government on November 4 effectively put an end to the revolt. The country mourned more than 3,000 dead. The exhibition brings together vintage prints of pictures taken by international photographers including David Hurn, Mario De Biasi, and Rolf Gillhausen, who reported from Budapest for magazines such as Life and Stern, as well as the Magnum photographer Erich Lessing, who has generously provided important works from his personal archive. The uprising and its suppression not least triggered an unprecedented wave of refugees fleeing the country for Austria, an event which left an indelible mark on Hungarians’ and Austrians’ collective memory and which was widely cited in connection with the migrant flows of the past several months. Turning the spotlight on the present, a special section of the exhibition features recent works by contemporary photographers that show the scenes on the Austrian-Hungarian border in the fall of 2015.