Largest Global Photo Exhibition

A Day In The World is ‘largest global photo exhibition’ BBC.

Wikstrom says: “Some of the most extraordinary images come from Bangladesh, people were really engaged and they have a strong tradition of photography.”

The left hand picture by KM Asad from Bangladesh (Pathshala alumni)  shows 45-year-old Rahela who works in a factory cleaning waste from the production of incense, despite suffering from asthma.  The light-hearted shot on the right shows a makeshift light switch cover - but note the swastika carved into the Mona Lisa's forehead.

A Day In The World is being billed by organisers as the largest global photography exhibition ever staged, shown on 85,000 digital displays in 22 countries. Among the exhibits will be Iranian photographer Mehran Hamrahi's shot of a young boy diving past a water buffalo.

Wikstrom continues: "All those everyday moments are rarely documented by photographers. Honestly, have you taken a picture of your desk? How many everyday images do you take at home? There are always birthdays and vacations. The flat in which I used to live, I didn't have any pictures of the kitchen, now that part of my life is lost. Everyday life is the essence of this project."

 
Forty-five of the 100,000 pictures submitted will be shown on screens across the world, in partnership with advertising agency Posterscope. Some of the photos are designed to make the viewer think, such as Jack Mikrut's shot of tourists taking turns to photograph themselves and their pet dog in front of the capsized Costa Concordia ship off the island of Giglio in Italy.

 
The best 1,000 pictures will also be included in a book. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has written the foreword, saying: "Photography is a wonderful communication tool, transcending the barriers of age, language culture and gender. Photography connects." This beautiful shot from Hands Strand shows the icy waters of Greenland.

A hungry dog waiting expectantly in Denver, Colorado; a deliveryman in Venice, Italy; and a ballet school in Toronto, Canada. Wikstrom, a photographer himself, says: "We got slightly fewer pictures than we expected but the quality was better. What struck us was the sincerity of the pictures. People are being really honest and straightforward."

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.” His recent book “The Tide Will Turn” published by Steidl in 2020, is listed in New York Time’s ‘Best Art Books of 2020’. Alam received the “International Press Freedom Award” for 2020 from ‘The Committee to Protect Journalists’.

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