Monday, August 31, 2015

The Sony Photo Awards in Berlin. Capturing the Moment!

Photographer Elliott Erwitt: "Dogs make the best subjects.
They're sympathetic, don't complain and don't ask for prints."

With a focus on international political and socially engaged photography, the Willy-Brandt-Haus is showcasing the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2015. The Sony awards are the world's biggest photography competition, and its aim is to recognize and reward the best in contemporary photography. Many of the winning photos are disturbing and some even funny, but all illuminate the human condition. 
In Iraq life expectancy is 67. Minutes from Glasgow's city center, it's 54.
In London's Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it's 84 for men.
Dougie Wallace compares the disparate lives of people living in Glasgow with 

those in London. The differences aren't just in the mortality rates, but in the
way people dress, apply make-up, and express themselves.

Hair. For half an hour, people put their lives -
or rather their heads - in another person's hands.
A haircut can make a statement or be an
expression of the inner self. Jens Juul visited
hair salons to capture the moment people
let go during a haircut. 

This year, American Elliott Erwitt has been awarded the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Photography. Erwitt's natural, often humorous black and white photographs of everyday life are often satiric and biting. 

The Sony Photography Award winners are on exhibit until September 20, 2015. Admittance is free with passport. 

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