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Photo News: Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Shortlist announced

The World Photography Organisation announces the shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.  Billed as the global photographic event of the year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The 2012 competition has garnered increased worldwide interest with over 112,000 entries from 171 countries, with the shortlisted images depicting the stories of extraordinary lives from around the world.  The Professional competition reflects a turbulent year of global events with the war in Libya; the Greek and European economic crisis; the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and the fall of Gaddafi, in the Photojournalism & Documentary categories.  The shortlist for the Fine Art and Commercial categories gets to the very heart of daily life –  a small sheep-farming community in Iceland; the rice harvest in South China; a religious pilgrimage in Poland and gold diggers in Chile.

This year the honorary jury found the quality of work exceptionally strong across all categories, discovering many photographers new to the Sony World Photography Awards roster.  Manuel Geerinck (Belgium);  Lee Chee Wai (China); Alejandro Cartagena (Mexico), Irina Werning (Argentina); Gwenn Dubourthoumieu (Republic of the Congo) and Simon Norfolk (UK), are but a few of the new names to place as finalists and shortlisted photographers.

Returning photographers from previous years, include 2010 Professional Landscape winner, Peter Franck (Germany); who this year is a finalist in three categories; 2011 Professional Contemporary Issues and Current Affairs winner, Javier Arcenillas (Spain); and Chan Kwok Hung (Hong Kong) whose stunningly dramatic image ‘Buffalo Race’ won the  Overall Open Competition in 2011.

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Photo News – South African photographer Anton Hammerl shot in Libya by pro-Gadaffi forces

More sad news from Libya, I’m afraid. After the recent deaths of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondoros, see earlier posts, it has been confirmed that photographer Anton Hammerl was shot in Libya on 5 April by pro-Gadaffi forces.

I first had news on the disappearance of Anton Hammerl via photographer Jodi Bieber while I was on holiday. Jodi helped raise awareness of his situation and made a plea for his release during her acceptance speech at the World Press Photo Awards in early May. Thanks for this email sent through from Africa Media Online.

The statement: “We have sad news. On Thursday we leant that Anton Hammerl, the South African photographer missing in Libya, was killed by pro-Gadaffi forces. On Thursday evening the journalists, who had been detained by the Libyan government at the time Anton disappeared, crossed the border into Tunisia following their release. They called Penny Sukhraj, Anton’s wife and told her the tragic news that Anton had been shot on 5 April 2011 by Gadaffi’s forces. Up to that point all indications from the Libyan government had been that Anton was in captivity.

“Penny had asked us to distribute the last images that Anton filed in an attempt to raise awareness of his captivity. The story was picked up extensively by the picture industry and has been covered by numerous online news sites. One of our partners in the USA, Newscom, sent us a blog post by Ryan Calder who spent a day with Anton in Libya 6 days before his disappearance. Our thoughts and prayers are with Penny and the family at this time.

To send a message of support to Penny and the family you can visit the Facebook page which was set up to raise awareness of his situation.

Ida Kar at the National Portrait Gallery and International Women’s Day Centenary Female Focus on Photography – 100

Bridget Louise Riley by Ida Kar, 1963 2 1/4 inch square film negative © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Barbara Hepworth at work on the armature of a sculpture in the Palais de Danse by Ida Kar, 1961 vintage bromide print © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ida Kar Bohemian Photographer, 1908 – 1974 has just opened at the National Portrait Gallery and runs until 19 June. Although I missed the press view last week, there’s plenty of time to see the show and get familiar with Kar’s work as I know little of it. Tomorrow, the Association of Photographers announces the judges for three of its competitions and on Wednesday night the winner and runners up for the Student Photographer of the Year 2010. And finally, j’arrive. I’m there at 100 women photographers featured in Hotshoe magazine and space for so many more.

This will be the first museum exhibition for 50 years devoted to Ida Kar and includes nearly 100 photographs, some not previously exhibited.

This exhibition of portraits by the twentieth-century pioneering photographer Ida Kar “highlights the crucial role played by this key woman photographer at the heart of the creative avant-garde. With striking portraits of artists such as Henry Moore, Georges Braque, Gino Severini and Bridget Riley, and writers such as Iris Murdoch and Jean-Paul Sartre, this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the cultural life of post-war Britain and an opportunity to see iconic works, and others not previously exhibited”.

“Russian-born, of Armenian heritage, Ida Kar (1908–74) was instrumental in encouraging the acceptance of photography as a fine art when, in 1960, she became the first photographer to be honoured with a major retrospective in London, at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. She later continued to document conceptualist artists such as Gustav Metzger and John Latham and life in Cuba and Moscow. Featuring unseen archive material, this reappraisal provides a valuable record of the international art world as documented by Kar over three decades while literary subjects exhibited include Doris Lessing, Colin MacInnes and T S Eliot.”

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Claudine Deury
Marion Poussier
Magali Delporte
Mireille Loup
Emma Critchley
Sara Haq
Boo Ritson
Melanie Rozencwajg
Katinka Goldberg
Jodi Bieber
Camilla Stephan
Susanna Majuri
Astrid Kruse Jensen
Polly Borland
Diana Lui
Indra Serpytyte
Zoe Hatziyannaki
Olivia Arthur
Nina Berman
Penny Klepuszewska

Royston Ellis, 1960 by Ida Kar © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Selvon by Ida Kar, 1956 2 1/4 inch square film negative © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Margaret Natalie ('Maggie') Smith on the set of 'The Rehearsal' by Ida Kar, 1961 2 1/4 inch square film negative © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jodi Bieber wins World Press Photo of the Year 2010 with her portrait of Bibi Aisha

© Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for Time magazine

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.