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World Press Photos returns to Tel Aviv
Exhibition for global press photography includes Local Testimony section depicting Israeli-Palestinian images. Ynet gives you special sneak peek
The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv opens its doors Friday for the eighth year in a row on to a special exhibition of international and Israeli press photography, including a selection called World Press Photos.
This exhibition is compiled of the best press photography of the past year, exposing the viewer to various aspects of events and conflicts around the world.
Just like every year, the exhibition will comprise of local press photography under the title of Local Testimony, dedicated to images captured on camera in Israel,
and Ynet will be there once again to sponsor the exhibition.
Death in the Savannah (Photo: Stefano De Luigi)
World Press Photo has been organizing the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest for over fifty years. Nearly 100,000 photos from press photographers around the globe have been sent to the 2010 contest, and only 200 photos selected by an international panel of judges will be seen as the exhibition.
Along side the World Press Photo, the Local Testimony will focus on images captured by top Israel and Palestinian press photographers. Around 8,000 photos were submitted taken by nearly 400 press photographers.
Refugee camp (Photo: Mohammed Mohsin)
Ony 250 photos were chosen by the jury from a diverse amount of images submitted. These images were captured by forty-three talented press photographers. The events in images relate to war and peace, politics and society, culture and art, nature and the environment, sports, portraiture, multimedia presentations and more.
The Local Testimony winning photo of was taken by Daniel Bar-On, depicting Israeli protesters in front of the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv follow the flotilla to Gaza.
The winner: Protest in front of Turkish embassy (Photo: Daniel Bar-On)
The winners: Abir Sultan, Uriel Sinai, Oren Izre'el, Ilan Spira, Iman Mohammed, Amir Cohen, Amnon Gutman, Gabriel Baharlia, Gil Cohen Magen, Gilad Peli, Gilad Kavalerchik,, Doron Nissim, Doron Talmi, Daniel Bar-On, Daniel Tchetchik, Ziv Koren, Tess Scheflan, Yuval Tebol, Laura Weisman, Lior Patel,
Haredim against Intel. Protest in Jerusalem (Photo: Tess Scheflan)
Mohammed Mohsin, Moti Milrod, Maya Hitij, Michal Fattal, Miriam Tsachi, Matanya Tausig, Nitzan Hafner, Nikita Pavlov, Omer Messinger, Atta Awisat, Ammar Younis, Amit Shabi, Amit Sha'al, Inbal Rose, Kobi Gideon, Ruvan Shwartz, Ronen Zvulun, Ronen Topelberg, Rina Castelnuovo Hollander, Shay Mehalel, Shlomi Nissim, Tomer Ifrah and Tomer Neuberg.
Dead Sea drying up (Photo: Doron Nissim)
"Press photos are always accompanies by mediating text, imposing upon them a certain meaning and interpretation, which isn't free of manipulation," said Exhibition Curator Galia Gur Zeev.
"Separating image from text allows us to deviate away from literal linearity and into new interpretations, to gaze for a while – the metamorphosis these images have gone through with there entrance into the contest and their presentation in a museum space, expands the observer's outlook. The new physical presence, pure choices, and fresh sequence – all of them teach us how a photo can have new life within him and present unfamiliar opportunities. Taking the photo out of context delays his death," she added.
The Western Wall – then and now (Photo: Amit Sha'al)
This year, for the first time, an exhibit will be included focused on the work of Gur Zeev and presenting her in-depth observations on a chosen theme.
Her exhibit deals with representation of reality through photojournalism today and in the past. It will reference two winning photo series from the 2009 contest: 'Altneuland' by Amit Sha'al which confronted past sites in contrast to what they look like today, and a series by Rina Castelnuovo Hollander documenting the evacuation and rehabilitation of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib in the Negev.