At first glance, almost all of the winning images portray doom and gloom — and lots of it. The year 2010, as depicted by the award winners, was filled with tragedy, horror, natural disaster, inhumanity, outrage and despair.
Archive for February, 2011
Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera.
A South African photographer’s portrait of an Afghan woman whose husband sliced off her nose and ears in a case of Taliban-administered justice won the World Press Photo award for 2010, one of the industry’s most coveted prizes.
Jodi Bieber’s posed picture, which contrasts the woman’s arresting beauty with the violence done to her after she fled an abusive marriage, was published on the cover of Time magazine on Aug. 1.
Jury members said the photo, though shocking, was chosen because it addresses violence against women with a dignified image. The woman, 18-year-old Bibi Aisha, was rescued by the U.S. military and now lives in America.
“This could become one of those pictures – and we have maybe just 10 in our lifetime – where if somebody says ‘you know, that picture of a girl’ – you know exactly which one they’re talking about,” said jury chairman David Burnett of Contact Press.
He’s known as the invisible man for good reason. Whether lurking next to a telephone box or standing to attention in front of the iconic Beijing Olympic Stadium, Liu Bolin has made an art form out of blending in. The Chinese artist is creating more than just startling images with his works.
Liu said he wanted to show how city surroundings affected people living in them. He added that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists. He said: ‘Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it’s what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story.
Google is bringing its “street view” technology indoors. With the announcement Tuesday in London of the Google Art Project, the Internet giant jumps into the online art arena with tools that will allow Web surfers to move through 17 of the most prominent art galleries in the world, with the option to look more closely at individual artworks, including some that will be digitized so exhaustively that individual paint strokes and hairline cracks in the surface will be visible.