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WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2018

14.09.–21.10.2018

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Since 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photojournalism based in Amsterdam, has organized the most prestigious contest in the field of press photography. A jury judges the entries from all over the world. A picture by Agence France-Presse photographer Ronaldo Schemidt, taken in May 2017 during demonstrations in Caracas against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and his planned constitutional reforms, has been named the World Press Photo of the Year. Further topics in the contest include the rise of Nationalism in the USA, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, often overlooked by the western public, the ongoing battles in northern Iraq and the life of refugees after their arrival in Europe. For the first time, awards were given out in the newly established section Environment, which is concerned with the human impact on our ecosystem. In total, 42 photographers from 22 countries were awarded in eight categories. The judges reviewed more than 73,000 photos by 4,548 candidates from 125 different countries. It is the seventeenth time in a row that WestLicht hosts the World Press Photo exhibition. As icons of the recent past, the awarded single images and photo series form a unique retrospective of last year’s events, covering topics from the areas of politics, society, sports and nature.

 

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CORTIS & SONDEREGGER

ICONS

14.09.–21.10.2018

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For the series Icons German-Swiss artist duo Cortis & Sonderegger has since 2013 reconstructed iconic pictures from photo history as three-dimensional dioramas in their studio. They subsequently photograph the models and the pictures emerging from that process seem to be the spitting image of the originals. The illusion is spoiled however by showing the studio setting and traces of the work process within the frame. Scenes deeply ingrained in our collective memory – like the Hindenburg disaster, the burning Twin Towers or Robert Capa’s falling militiaman in the Spanish Civil War – now rise from a clutter of stands, soft boxes, stanley knives and the remnants of model kits. Icons is at the same time a tribute to the history of photography, a witty appropriation of its figureheads and – by staging both motif and the surrounding studio – an exploration of how the medium works. In a time when people wave about with so called alternative facts on too many occasions, the pictures by Cortis & Sonderegger incite reflection on the fragile truth of photography, the relation between authenticity and construction and the importance of context and point of view.