In a tribute to the video artist Paul Ryan and his video series Wave Breaking Symmetry, we play with the free interpretation of the viewer in the World Press Photo Barcelona 2017 spot, which starts from the same concept as the World Press Photo Barcelona 2016 campaign #seeandunderstand.
The experiment is to patiently observe a static plan with the sea as the protagonist. A sea that inevitably alludes to refugees, the idea of travel and the unpredictable. A manipulated sea, where the waves rise upside down, against the current, although at first glance it is not perceived. Where to see (first) the moments before or after something happens; to understand (later) the metaphor of the moment and the delicate act of taking a photograph.
The fact is never shown, so there is already the exhibition from April 29 to June 5, 2017, which shows, among many others, this year’s winning photograph: A murder in Turkey. Shot by Turkish photojournalist Burhan Ozbilici of the Associated Press is a snapshot of the events that took place on December 19, 2016, when Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old police officer off duty, killed the ambassador Russian in Turkey, Andrei Karlov, during the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara. He injured three more people, before being shot dead by police officers.
Photographic Social Vision
Anna Casacuberta Palmarola