The 2017 World Press Photo exhibition hits Sydney this week, showcasing the best visual storytelling from around the globe.
Located at the NSW State Library, the Award promotes excellence in visual journalism.
Amongst the images featured this year is the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov captured by Burhan Ozbilici, which won this year’s competition, and work by Australian Daniel Berehulak, who also recently won a Pulitzer for his series on the war on drugs in the Philippines.
The exhibition is free and runs from Saturday 27 May 2017 to Sunday 25 June 2017
5David Gibson: What makes great street photography?
What is street photography? The exact definition of this popular genre is tricky to pin down and means different things to different people. Even the word ‘street’ itself is misleading. Some would argue that it’s not so much about whether the photography is actually carried out in an urban environment; it’s about the kind of images you make. Street photography is more of an attitude, approach or frame of mind.
David Gibson, himself a street photographer for three decades, offers his own broad definition in his new book, 100 Great Street Photographs. ‘The term “street photography”,’ he writes, ‘can be applied to any photographs taken in a public space, with or without the inclusion of people, which are entirely natural, and not set up.’ He goes on to add, ‘Street photography is real, it is ordinary life made extraordinary by a great variety of photographers.’
In 1962, Joel Meyerowitz left his job in advertising and set out to be a photographer. He started by venturing outside with two Leica cameras (one loaded with color film and the other with black and white) to snap the world in motion: In one image, a man strides through the streets of New York cradling an enormous dog in his arms; in another, a couple zooms through Greece on a scooter, the woman’s scarf blurred by the wind.
“Along with half a dozen other photographers of his generation, Joel Meyerowitz is responsible for the re-evaluation of color photography as a significant form of art,” says Giles Huxley-Parlour, the director of London’s Beetles+Huxley Gallery, which opens a show focused on the photographer’s influential street photography this week.