Monday, 12 November 2012
Press photography must be an extremely hard job to do. Not necessarily in terms of the learning and technique involved - after all, the spray-and-pray paparazzo counts as a press photographer - but more in terms of the subjects involved: war, destructive storms, hardship and poverty to name a few. Every year this exhibition includes some photos that are difficult to look at for long, including the grief-stricken faces and the dead bodies, and this year is no exception.
So it's not suitable for young children, but everyone else who is interested in photography should see it, in my opinion, so that we not only learn more about the world but also so that we come to appreciate the job these people do in bringing us the news.
Next time you consider whether to pack your ND grad filters for that scenic landscape walkabout, or whether to pack a long lens for a bit of street action in the local market, consider also the guy lugging a lot of heavy kit about inside a lethal war zone.
World Press Photo Exhibition 2012
Until 27 November 2012 Free admission
Daily 10.00 - 23.00
Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall