2Which of These Images Should Be the World Press Photo of the Year?
World Press Photo has announced the six finalists for photo of the year, breaking a decades-long tradition of announcing the winners shortly after the judging. Although the winner has already been selected, the public announcement will come during an expanded awards ceremony on April 12th in Amsterdam. Lars Boering, the group’s managing director, hoped this new approach would lead to a television contract for the event that would bring a wider audience for photojournalism.
Three of the shortlisted images were taken by freelance photographers on assignment for The New York Times.Two by Ivor Prickett were from Mosul, while Adam Ferguson took one of a girl enlisted as a Boko Haram suicide bomber. Other finalists for the top prize include Patrick Brown of Panos Pictures, for an image of the Rohingya crisis made for Unicef; Toby Melville, of Reuters, for an image of the aftermath of a London terrorist attack; and Ronaldo Schemidt of Agence France-Presse for an image of the Venezuela crisis.
The daily commute is often seen as a thing of drudgery, but for Dina Alfasi this time is a sacred space of discovery and wonder. Residing in Hadera, Israel, and commuting to Haifa an hour north, the buses and trains have become an unlikely backdrop for a photo series of rotating characters. The stunning portraits captured by Dina on her daily commute are an amazing example of what one can see when they observe the world around them with openness and excitement.
We don’t know a whole lot about the life of the amateur photographer David Granick.
We know he was born in Stepney, an area of London’s East End, in 1912, as the eldest child of Anne Rabinovitch and Jonah Granick. Sometime when he was in his 50s, we think, he started to photograph the broader neighborhood where he’d grown up. He must have been a pretty precise person: each image included a date and an exact location. And we know that before he died, in 1980, he arranged to have his slides donated to Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.
Beyond these basic details, though, there is precious little information available about Granick. Even his work—consisting of more than 3,000 Kodachrome transparencies—remained largely unseen for over three decades. That didn’t start to change until early 2017, when the East London photographer Chris Dorley-Brown first glimpsed Granick’s work at the Archives.
6Living on the Shifting Border of Georgia and Russia
Imagine waking up and realizing that you are now living in a different country.
But you never moved.
Such is the case for people living in Tskhinvali, or South Ossetia, a region recognized by the United States and NATO as Georgian territory but a Russian stronghold for the last 30 years. A truce was ostensibly called in 2008, but as the photographer Tako Robakidze discovered, ask any Georgian in the area and they will insist the conflict never really ended.
“There are two kinds of people along the border, people who fight every day along the creeping border and people who have lost everything,” said Ms. Robakidze, who grew up in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and documented the crisis in “Creeping Borders,” a new project. “Overnight, you can find out your land or your house is now in occupied territory.”