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Big News In Prints: World Press Photo 2008

One thousand words could never equal the worth of the pictures comprising the annual World Press Photo exhibition. On display from October 2 to 22 at Brookfield Place, the prints—in categories ranging from spot-news stories to sports action—not only showcase the skills of the best shooters in the international press corps, but also place in stark relief the tragedies and triumphs of our ever-changing world.


A wide-ranging display of 185 large-scale images captured in the past year, the show represents an important eyewitness record of such events as the war in Afghanistan, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan and electoral unrest in Kenya. It also offers a visually compelling look into issues like the increasing commercialization of leisure time in Italy, or the impact of a refugee centre’s closing in northern France. In all, more than 80,000 images by some 5,000 photographers were submitted for consideration in the juried exhibition.

Erik Refner’s photo was taken for the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, as part of a series depicting competitors at the finish line of the 2007 Copenhagen Marathon.

A sketch in the sand captured by Stanley Greene for the Amsterdam-based Noor photo agency illustrates an attack by the Janjaweed militia on a village in Sudan’s Darfur region, as described by a survivor.Time Magazine published this Philippe Dudouit image for a story about the ongoing conflict between Turkish authorities and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which seeks to establish an independent Kurdish state.

TIP! Want to add a few extra lenses to your own camera kit? Toronto has some great places to upgrade your gear, including photography superstore Henry’s and professionals’ fave Vistek (496 Queen St. E., 416-365-1777).

—Craig Moy

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