There’s nothing like a deadline to motivate me. I got an email from the Anneberg Space that the Pictures of The Year exhibition would end on November 1st. Today I finally made time to visit the museum for the first time.
I was blown away. The photos in the PoY exhibit are the result of a contest of over 45,000 entries by photo journalists covering the events of 2008. The exhibit included images from the Olympics, the Presidential Race, struggles in Georgia, Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to stories from around the globe. One of the main images used to promote the PoY exhibit is Emilio Morenatti’s image of a Pakistani Lawyer leaping over barbed wire trying to get away from tear gas. At first glance the photo looks staged. It seems too perfect and constructed. The photo on display is printed at 24×16 and is amazing to look at.
As you progress through the exhibit you encounter digital photography being broadcast on LCD screens as well as various documentaries covering past and current exhibits. In one room I watched interviews of the contributing photographers and listened to them how their image was created. When it came time for Emilio’s interview, the image above was displayed on a 60 inch plasma TV in HD. After seeing the image on a monitor I realized that nothing compares to a beautiful print.
I highly recommend checking out the exhibit in the next few days. As powerful as these images are at depicting historic and current events, nothing compares to the power of a beautiful print.
Here are a few shots I made with my trusty iPhone. (Even the bathroom is an experience)