WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR – JODI BIEBER
I can’t tell you how happy I was when I heard the news that South African photographer Jodi Bieber had won this year’s World Press Photo of the Year 2010. Thanks to Hotshoe International Editor Bill Kouwenhoven, who texted from Amsterdam where the winner was announced on Friday. Jodi’s work is familiar to me, I interviewed her for the magazine when her debut book, Between Dogs and Wolves was published and recently reviewed her latest book, Soweto. I’m trying to organise a quick chat with her in the next day or so…
Beiber’s portrait of Bibi Aisha was taken for Time and featured on the magazine cover (9 August, 2010). It was awarded First prize in the category Portraits Singles in this year’s contest and shows:
“Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband’s house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi’s brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the American military. After time in a women’s refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the US.”
“Bieber has previously won eight World Press Photo awards and is only the second South African photographer to win the highest honor in the contest. She is a former participant of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass where she returned as a master in 2010. Bieber is represented by Institute for Artist Management and Goodman Gallery.”
Tune into her reaction on the World Press Photo site.