World Press Photo Winners Talk About Their Images

- - Awards

Incredible feature on the World Press Photo site where you can watch a video of the photographer describing the story behind their award winning shot (here).

The beauty of it all, in my mind, is the design. The video of the photographer occupies a small space in the lower left corner allowing the image to dominate the screen. There’s even a little magnifying glass feature on the right that allows you to closely inspect the image like you were holding a loupe, not that comparing the sharpness of Platon’s portrait of Putin to Tim Hetheringtons beautifully blurry photo of the year, will give you any added insight. It’s just cool

I haven’t explored all the photographer interviews but listening to Platon describe the chain of events that led to his award winning portrait of Vladimir Putin (possibly the only formal portrait he’s ever agreed to) reinforces my belief that great photographers will always deliver under any circumstance. I’ve not seen a picture of Putin where you can actually sit and contemplate his expression and facial features and while that may seem very trite sitting in your home or office in front of the computer under the circumstances presented I think it’s quite remarkable.

Regardless, hearing the stories behind the photos is an incredible addition to the World Press Photo event and certainly a huge step toward increasing the popularity in the future.

Via, Paul Melcher.

There Are 14 Comments On This Article.

  1. I am struck by the seriousness of some of the photographers – it is beautiful – and the stories certainly are something in themselves – in their own right.

  2. Platon’s story of Putin was so engaging; he is SUCH a good story teller. I felt like as if I was there with him!

  3. Jonathan

    I have to agree with all the responses here about Platon’s story. It’s probably the most interesting story I’ve heard recently, and very inspirational.

  4. Debra Weiss

    Hardly a surprise that his favorite song would be Yesterday, since that is where he seems to living.

  5. Merry Christmas pals! I’m drunk as a cobbler !!! Lying against the monitor alone and cryin’ a song…! Join me tonight!

    Linkin park & Jay Z !!!

    This is final

    Ladies and gentlemen, put our hands together for the astonishing…

    Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 8th wonder of the world
    The flow o’ the century…always timeless…HOVE!
    Thanks for comin’ out tonight
    You coulda been anywhere in the world, but you’re here with us
    We appreciate that…uuunnnh…

    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
    Was herbin’ em in the home of the Terrapins
    Got it dirt cheap for them
    Plus if they was short wit’ cheese I would work wit’ them
    Boy and we…got rid of that dirt for them
    Wasn’t born hustlers I was burpin’ em
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Fo’ sheezy my neezy keep my arms so breezy
    Can’t leave rap alone the game needs me
    Haters want me clapped and chromed it ain’t easy
    Cops wanna knock me, D.A. wanna box me in
    But somehow, I beat them charges like Rocky
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Not guilty, he who does not feel me is not real to me
    Therefore he doesn’t exist
    So poof…vamoose son of a bitch

    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    That’s the anthem get’cha damn hands up
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Not guilty ya’ll got-ta feel me
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A

    Yo, It starts with
    One thing, I don’t know why
    It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
    Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
    To explain in due time
    All I know
    time is a valuable thing
    Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
    Watch it count down to the end of the day
    The clock ticks life away
    It’s so unreal
    I Didn’t look out below
    I Watch the time go right out the window
    Trying to hold on, and didn’t even know
    Wasted it all just to
    Watch you go
    I kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart
    What it meant to me, will eventually, be a memory, of a time when I tried so

    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    LP, Jay-Z, help me out
    Oh, they havin’ a good o’ time out there
    It starts with
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    LP, Jay-Z, help me out
    Oh, they havin’ a good o’ time out there
    It starts with
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    LP, Jay-Z, help me out
    Ladies and Gentalmen
    It starts with