World press Photo Awards 2004
February 11, 2005 5:53 AM   Subscribe

World Press Photo Awards 2004
posted by biffa (21 comments total)
The BBC's consice selection of entries.
posted by nthdegx at 6:26 AM on February 11, 2005

...which I may say appears to have been sanitised a little, too.
posted by nthdegx at 6:27 AM on February 11, 2005

posted by TheGoldenOne at 6:28 AM on February 11, 2005

posted by nthdegx at 6:29 AM on February 11, 2005

Thanks Biffa. These are powerful.
posted by Popular Ethics at 6:34 AM on February 11, 2005

Careful, there's one NSFW one buried deep in there (in a National Geographic sort of way).
posted by saladin at 6:40 AM on February 11, 2005

But altogether fantastic. Thanks, biffa.
posted by saladin at 6:41 AM on February 11, 2005

thanks for posting this.

first impressions: I am not as impressed as I was in the last few years, but there are some masterful images here and there: Jim Nachtwey's Vermeer-meets-Salgado shot, Berman's compassionate, eerily beautiful work deserved a shoutout, Inez & Vinoodh deserved one too

but hi-contrast is tired, shattered glass is tired too. geometry mixes with sports very well but it's a cliche now -- enough already. I could do without some kids images -- it became too easy. this is heavy-handed but the Xmas-lights effect saves it a little for me. and Jim Goldberg would love this

oh, and as Robert Delpire said, Zizola is Lewis Hine's brother. and Grarup is the new Peress

some are excellent and Morris is always marvelous andthis is quietly heartbreaking

but then we're all critics, aren't we.
thanks for the post
posted by matteo at 6:48 AM on February 11, 2005

This one is beautiful and terrifying. A wonderful moment.
posted by mrs.pants at 6:49 AM on February 11, 2005

and by the way David Hogsholt had already won the Ian Parry scholarship. maybe Eugene Richards has an heir now, who knows.
posted by matteo at 6:56 AM on February 11, 2005

posted by Smedleyman at 7:01 AM on February 11, 2005

I like the pouty kid on the fourth-place podium. Cracks me up.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:12 AM on February 11, 2005

(I didn't understand why Morris was in there, but my favourites were the tired and heavy-handed)
posted by NinjaPirate at 7:15 AM on February 11, 2005

these are great. Did anyone else notice the pop up you get when you try to save any of these images? (Right click and you'll see) I've never seen that before.
posted by dontrememberthis at 7:18 AM on February 11, 2005

I've seen the right clicking disabled thing too many freaking times. I'm not sure if they've failed to notice, but my right click menu includes a wide variety of options including the ever popular 'back'. Disabling it, especially since that's such a weak form of copy protection, is just assholish.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:51 AM on February 11, 2005

There are always amazing photos here. I was astonished by Jahi Chikwendiu's sandstorm image. Thanks for the link, biffa!
posted by Songdog at 9:45 AM on February 11, 2005

(I didn't understand why Morris was in there

but as I said, we're all critics, so.
posted by matteo at 9:57 AM on February 11, 2005

I don't know the criteria for judging this stuff, but I think there is a huge difference between picture of a sensational event and a sensational picture. I suppose the maximum impact comes from a sensational picture OF a sensational event, but I have perhaps more appreciation for a sensational picture of an unsensational event.

Also, call me a cynic, but I have to wonder about whether some elements are staged. The blue dressed woman against the fires behind her just doesn't look "real" to me.

This age of PhotoShop (unfortunately) makes many of us cast our eyes of doubt on the "pure photographic" aspect of what we are seeing today, as well.

An impressive image is still an impressive image, but these are being presented as photojournalism, not art.
posted by spock at 12:21 PM on February 11, 2005

Looking at the faces in conjunction with this book is instructive - many examples of sadness, joy and fear to be found. It also makes a change from looking at a photo and seeing only composition, contrast and allusion.
posted by Ritchie at 6:02 PM on February 11, 2005

Thanks, biffa. This is good.
posted by cedar at 8:12 PM on February 11, 2005

Thanks, biffa - I like the variety - good way to find leads to explore individual photographers, too.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:49 AM on February 12, 2005

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