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World Press Photo anniversary in Amsterdam
Jasper Huitink : October 10th 2005 - 21:00 CET
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World press photoWorld Press Photo 50 years : World Press Photo celebrates its 50th anniversary in Amsterdam in the weekend of 7 and 8 October. The Dutch foundation's mission is to encourage high professional standards in photojournalism on a wide international scale. The anniversary weekend focuses on the past, present and future of press photography. Many premier award winners, former jury members and key industry representatives will travel to Amsterdam to take part in the celebrations. The initial World Press Photo contest was held and the first exhibition opened in December 1955 in Amsterdam. This one-off event soon became an annual fixture and today, World Press Photo organizes the biggest and most prestigious photography contest in the world.
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Symposium "Trends in the Industry" with co-founder and CEO of Getty Images Jonathan delivering a keynote speech: The Picture of Truth - Building trust in the age of on-demand journalism and Alam, photographer and founder of the Drik Picture Library in Bangladesh speaking about the challenges of citizen journalism. In The Digital Decade, a short film, photographers and industry professionals share their experiences with digital technology and its impact on their work.

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Things As They Are - Photojournalism in context cince 1955. The launch of a book and exhibition under the title “Things As They Are” - Photojournalism in Context Since 1955. Commissioned by World Press Photo to mark the 50th anniversary, the book and the exhibition take an original approach by presenting news and documentary photography as originally published. The history is told through 120 features from international magazines and newspapers, including landmark photo essays and less known publications from around the world. The book was produced by Chris Boot, written by Mary Panzer, and includes an afterword essay by Christian Caujolle, who also curated the exhibition. The US edition of the book is distributed by Aperture and the Dutch edition published by Sdu Uitgeverij. The exhibition will be shown in Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam from 8 October until 7 December 2005.

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Further, on October 7th, the Dutch postal service TPG will launch a set of 10 postage stamps with World Press Photo of the Year winning images. During the anniversary party on October 8th there will be a short preview screening of a documentary film Looking for an Icon which takes four World Press Photos of the Year as a starting point in an investigation of how an image becomes an icon.

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