Paris, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa

World Press Photo was founded in 1955 to support professional press photography on a wide international scale. This year, over 5,000 photographers from 125 countries submitted a total of 80,536 images.
The prizes, split into 10 categories, were awarded to 59 photographers from 23 countries. As always, they collectively document the most newsworthy issues in the world today – from ecological and environmental concerns such as global warming, to humanity and war, sport and fashion.
The first prize went to British photographer Tim Hetherington, whose winning picture, published in Vanity Fair, shows a solitary American soldier, with a hand over his right eye, alone in a dug-out bunker in Afghanistan. It brilliantly captures the intense psychological pressure of the exhausting conditions.
Another very memorable image is one by Brent Stirton, which shows a dead mountain gorilla being carried out Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo. It speaks about how these majestic gorillas that are threatened with extinction are being hunted in a conflict zone, and the rangers' determination to save them.
The exhibition is travelling to numerous venues worldwide. The one at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa is beautifully displayed, allowing visitors to quietly digest the enormity of work on view.

May 8 through June 1, 2008
18 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
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