Paris, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa

First place in the 52nd annual World Press Photo has been awarded to Anthony Suau. The photographer captured the tense moment when an officer from the county sheriff’s office inspects a house in Cleveland, Ohio, which had been the scene of evictions, as he tries to assess whether or not there are still any remaining inhabitants, and if they’re armed. Taken over a year ago during the early days of the subprime mortgage crisis, the photo speaks volumes about the difficult situations that have arisen due to the current economic crisis.

The image was selected from 96,268 photographs tendered by 5508 photographers from 124 countries, with 62 photographers – from Jerome Bonnet to Carlos F. Gutierrez – landing prizes in the 10 different categories. All of these images will be exhibited in a brief but arresting and thought-provoking exhibition at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa in Paris, adding a raw edge to the lauded couturier’s exquisite empire.

May 6 through 27, 2009
18, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
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