The World Press Photo Foundation and #Dysturb bring photojournalism to the streets of Amsterdam
The World Press Photo Foundation and #Dysturb are joining forces to make visual journalism accessible to a wider audience by pasting 10 big news images on the walls of buildings around Amsterdam.
Lars Boering: “People deserve to see their world and express themselves freely. Freedom of information, freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech are more important than ever. At World Press Photo our mission is to develop, support and promote visual journalism so these freedoms can be secured. We are celebrating visual journalism at our Awards Days, the annual photography festival, and see this as an ideal moment to highlight photography and freedom of speech in various ways, leading up to the Festival of Free Speech, 3 May.”
“The diminishing readership and decline in advertisement revenue in traditional media outlets has resulted in a decrease in the investment of photojournalistic stories and in photojournalists”, explains founder Pierre Terdjman. “#Dysturb was founded in the hopes of making these news stories accessible to the general public. By taking on public spaces with human scale pictures, we cut out from traditional publishing avenues and offer a new visibility to photojournalism.”
He continues: “We decided to think outside of the box and try to widen the audience that views these images by using techniques adopted from urban street culture. We have pasted large-format photographs on the walls of major cities around the world, such as New York, Paris, Sarajevo, Sydney, Melbourne and Tbilisi, and are very happy to bring imagery in a new, innovative way to the people of Amsterdam now too.”
On May 3, the Press Freedom Committee will host a debate about the ‘Red Line’ for the freedom of press and freedom of speech, in De Balie Amsterdam. During this evening, press freedom is celebrated but freedom of speech is also critically analyzed. Pierre Terdjman from #Dysturb will be a guest speaker together with journalists from parts of the world where freedom of speech and press isn’t as obvious as in the Netherlands.
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