This year the World Press Photo is brought to us by Galp, Visão magazine and Lisbon City Council and you can see it in Lisbon from April 27 to May 20 (from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm), in one of the charming pavilions of Beato’s Creative Hub , entrance by Travessa do Grilo). I visited it last Saturday, and although I think this year’s edition is not the most memorable from a photographic point of view, it’s always worth to visit for the stories we learn.
The most striking stories start with one story from Cameroon where local girls practice “breast ironing”, which involves pressing their breasts, whether with hands, belts or hot stones, so that they do not develop. This is a traditional practice, usually carried out by the mothers of the girls, by the belief that the delay of the maturity of the girls prevents sexual abuse, photographed by the Egyptian Heba Khamis. Something I did not know either is that Holland, this small country, is the world’s second largest food exporter after the United States, 270 times larger in area, a report brought by Italian Luca Locatelli! Another thing I did not know existed was the Resignation Syndrome, apparently exclusive to refugees in Sweden. The photograph is of two sisters, refugees from Kosovo, who have been in a coma for several years, recorded by the Swedish Magnus Wennman. Another thing I did not know was the Sand Marathon, a 250km race in the Sahara, divided for seven days, in which the athletes have to carry everything on their backs, under 50ºC!!! The photograph is by the French Erik Sampers. Another thing that American photographer Ryan Kelly taught me is how easy it is to lose shoes in a massive run-over, in this case in Charlottesville, Virginia. Of the most striking and at the same time of my favorite photographs of the exhibition is the one of the Venezuelan Ronaldo Schemidt, of a young man running in flames, after a motorcycle explodes next to him, during another protest in Caracas.
My favorite photos were: the one by the Swedish Roger Turesson in the Pyongyang marathon. I also really liked the photograph by the Spanish Daniel Beltrá, a beautiful photo of a bunch of red ibises, in a sad story that is the deforestation of Amazonia. A photograph of the Irishman Ivor Prickett who caught my eye was from a queue of survivors waiting for food and water during the battle of Mosul. The light and face of the young girl, hugging her mother, awesome! With no doubt my favorite is the photograph by the Chinese Li Huaifeng, of two brothers in their traditional yaodong (cave house). The whole photography is beautiful, the light, the composition, the colors!
To see all the photos you can go to the Beato Creative Hub or see all of them here: https://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2018/world-press-photo-year-nominee
Another exhibition you can visit in the same space is a documentary project about the people who generate Galp’s energy, which is also interesting.
I visited both exhibitions with my beautiful cyclist mother and I chose this day because there was a Talk about Travel Photography with Joel Santos, quite interesting! Every Saturday there are conversations and photographic rallies ( for a maximum of 20 participants each, that’s why I couldn’t take part, I was too late for the rally, all free). Read more at visao.pt