Fans of photography, news, and news photography will be pleased to hear that the World Press Photo exhibit is back at the Fundación Telefónica building in Santiago.
The exhibit’s main piece and prize winner is South African photojournalist Jodi Bieber’s photograph of a mutilated Afghani woman (Aishi Bibi) who was attacked by her neigbhors for having left her abusive husband. Other photos span the year in the news, with a generalized focus on difficult times, pain, and death. There are images from earthquakes, the famous bull-gored-matador (where the bull’s horn emerges from the matador’s mouth), and other attention-grabbing shots, including this author’s favorite, a bird coming in for a landing, which, when you’re looking at the photograph, gives the impression that he’s coming straight for your head.
The exhibit is free at the photography exhibit space at the Fundación Telefónica, located on the first floor, around the corner from the main Telefónica entrance, in the building designed to look like a ’90s era cellphone, in Plaza Italia (metro Baquedano, red and green lines).
World Press is a nonprofit organization based in Holland, which dates back to 1955. The photos are chosen on a yearly basis by an independent, international jury of professional photographers, and this year’s winning photos were chosen from record submissions of more than 100,000 photos, submitted by nearly 6,000 photographers from 125 countries.
There’s also a special mention of a series of photos taken by the Chilean miners during the 69 days during which they were trapped 700 feet below ground in the San José mine (they were all safely rescued on October 13th).
- Date: From July 8th to August 7th, 2011
- Time: The gallery is open from 9 AM to 7 PM
- Entrance: Free
- Location: Providencia 111, first floor of the Telefónica tower, around the corner from the main entrance. Baquedano Metro.
Photo by Marco Raaphorst on Flickr.