World Press Photo

This year’s winning photo is from the Gaza conflict and shows a family taking the bodies of two children to bury them. The anger and grief is etched on every face. There are other photos from the Gaza conflict and many from the Syrian conflict including this one called Interrogation, which I looked at for a long time.

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Did you notice the shadow?

This is a picture of a man being tortured. He is being held on the floor while the soles of his feed are being whipped.

As always there are many photos of the most distressing subjects – war, death, grief. I overheard three women as they made an early departure saying “we need to leave this”. It’s tough viewing.

But there are also photos with a ray of hope; a woman who works as a rubbish picker at the worlds’ largest rubbish dump, when she takes a break she reads. And then there’s the glorious series showing Emperor Penguins.

The exhibition is at the Oudekerk until Sunday 23rd June.

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