World Press Photo 11: an emotional roller coaster ride

Saturday, September 10 2011, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (sold out)
Sunday, October 2 2011, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (sold out)
Hal Hoofdgebouw TU/e en Hal Kennispoort (beide TU/e terrein)

What started out in the Netherlands in 1955 as an organization to promote the work of international press photographers, has developed into one of the most prestigious photo contests in the world.  And the World Press Photo is still growing. This year an astonishing 108.059 photos from 5691 photographers of 125 different  nationalities where sent in.

The winning photo in this year’s World Press Photo is one that burns itself in your memory. You see the portrait of Bibi Aisha, an Afghan girl whose nose and ears have been cut off. She was given away in an arranged marriage at an early age, but ran away to escape from abuse by her husband and his family. Not long afterwards she was caught and punished by mutilation.

This is one of the many intriguing but confrontational photos that the international jury chose this year.  A visit to the exhibition is an emotional roller coaster ride. You’d really like to look away, but at the same time the images are so expressive and tangibly painful that it’s impossible to turn your attention away from the depicted events in last year’s world news.  Some are just beautiful or amazing such as a group of wild swans or wrestling women in Bolivia. Come and see the best press photos of last year, selected by the jury, divided over 10 categories.

The exhibition is shown in more  than 100 cities; in Amsterdam alone it drew over  60,000 visitors.

The World Press Photo exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce for Brabant.
World Press Photo is supported by the National Postcode Lottery in the Netherlands, and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

Monday to Friday from 09.00 – 18.00 hours
Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 – 17.00 hours
Hall of the TU/e Main Building and Hall of Kennispoort building
Free entrance

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