The World Press Photo Exhibition has arrived in Perth showcasing the world’s best in photojournalism at the WA State Library.
In its 64th year, the exhibition explores the captivating and chaotic stories of 2020, the overarching brutality of COVID-19, and the strength of humanity throughout.
The photos displayed were selected by a jury from more than 74,000 entries across 130 countries.
Photograph ‘The First Embrace’ by Mads Nissen wins the World Press Photo of the year and ‘Habibi’ by Antonio Faccilongo is the World Press Photo Story of the Year.
Curtin University photography lecturer Dr Toni Wilkinson says photojournalism is linked to truth and objectivity in the world of visual culture.
“When photography is used in news, it’s different to when it’s used in other kinds of visual fields, like art or advertising and fashion.
“What makes the connection between [journalism and photography] is really important. The words give context to the photograph,” she says.
Dr Wilkinson says the production of images to be looked at, but not consumed critically, can be problematic.
“I think the way that visual language operates in photojournalism and other types of photography is incredibly complex.
“It’s really great that the State Library is putting on this exhibition, but I’m keen to encourage more complex readings so that we can look at the systems that we use to create meaning about the world.”
Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Arts David Templeman says the exhibition is well worth a visit for anyone, whether associated with the media or not.
“I urge anyone with an interest in photography or current affairs to come along and see this wonderful free exhibition.”
The World Press Photo Exhibition runs from July 31 to August 20 at the State Library of WA with free entry.
Public reaction to the World Press Photo Exhibition