WORLD PRESS PHOTO LAUNCHES BOOK NEXT#02

World Press Photo is happy to present the second edition of the book Next#02, which brings the essays made by the 12 participants of the 19th Joop Swart Masterclass, built this year around the theme 'Trust;. The book offers an insight into the newcomers’ talent and passion, as well as a foretaste of the future of documentary storytelling. Next#02 will be available in bookstores as of November 2012.

'Twelve distinct stories. Twelve distinct presentations of trust'
In preparation of the Joop Swart Masterclass, 12 of the next generation of leading photojournalists and documentary photographers interpreted work on the theme 'Trust'. World Press Photo believes in top-quality photojournalism that can inform people, open their eyes to new perspectives, and inspire understanding of the world around us. The second edition of the Next series, Next#02 embodies this in the fresh outlook shown by young photographers.

James Wellford, USA, senior photo editor Newsweek and one of the masters of the 19th Joop Swart Masterclass, writes in the foreword of Next#02: “By telling stories with images, the photographer participates in an act of trust. Photography is a process that always remains unfinished, a never-ending enquiry, and something that when it works makes a powerful image indelible. Photographs do not end stories. They open them. They are moments to engage and absorb, which allow us to begin and continue a meaningful discourse with, and understanding of, the world.”

Wellford continues: “The photographers in Next#02 show us that documentary vision deserves trust because it honors the subjects and situations it encounters. A remarkable range of subjects appear here, made by an immensely thoughtful and creative group of photographers. Twelve distinct stories. Twelve distinct presentations of trust.”

The book consists of 160 pages with more than 110 images. Next#02 was designed by Teun van der Heijden/Heijdens Karwei and is published in collaboration with Schilt Publishing. It is available in three language editions distributed by Thames and Hudson (English), Benteli (German), and Blume (Spanish). All editions will be available in our online bookstore as of 16 November.

The participants and their photo essays presented in Next#02:
•  Cemil Batur Gökçeer, Turkey, “Cave Albino”
•  Maja Daniels, Sweden, “River Valley Vernacular”
•  Bieke Depoorter, Belgium, “In Between”
•  Ilkin Huseynov, Azerbaijan, “The Fog of War”
•  Tatiana Ilina, Russia, “Daniel”
•  Jia DaiTengFei, China, “Love on the Assembly Line”
•  Hajime Kimura, Japan, “Traces”
•  Sofie Amalie Klougart, Denmark, “Swingers”
•  Dhruv Malhotra, India, “Strangers”
•  Muhammed Muheisen, Jordan, “Alhamdulillah” (Praise to God)
•  llvy Njiokiktjien, The Netherlands, “Prepared to Flee”
•  Anastasia Rudenko, Russia, “Elatma”

Joop Swart Masterclass and World Press Photo Academy
During the five-day masterclass meeting, to be held from 11-15 November in Amsterdam, the participating photographers will have the opportunity to interact with six prominent experts, discussing technical, journalistic, and ethical aspects of their work. The masters will give several presentations throughout the week on various subjects.

The masters of the 19th Joop Swart Masterclass, 2012:
•  Jodi Bieber, South Africa, photographer Institute for Artist Management
•  Maya Goded, Mexico, photographer and documentary filmmaker
•  Ron Haviv, USA, photographer VII Photo Agency
•  Markus Schaden, Germany, publisher, photo bookseller and curator
•  Mariko Takeuchi, Japan, photography critic and independent curator
•  James Wellford, USA, senior international photo editor Newsweek

Since 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together some of the finest young photographers from around world and leading professionals in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism. It offers a focused, intimate and reflective learning experience to young photographers, aiming to foster their intellectual, artistic, and professional growth. The masterclass holds prime position among the seminars, debates, and other educational programs regularly organized within the World Press Photo Academy. The Joop Swart Masterclass is named after the foundation’s late chairman, who was a passionate supporter of young photographic talent.

Acceptance to the masterclass is exclusively by nomination and selection. This year’s 12 participants were chosen among 165 candidates from 56 countries, who had submitted their portfolios after having been nominated earlier by World Press Photo’s 18 international committees around the world. An independent selection committee met in Amsterdam to make the final selection of participants earlier this year. The final committee consisted of: Alex Majoli (Italy), photographer Magnum Photos, Dana Lixenberg (The Netherlands), photographer, Maria Mann (USA), director for international relations European Pressphoto Agency, Patrick Witty (USA), international picture editor Time, and Silvia Omedes (Spain), curator and founder of Photographic Social Vision.

The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Delta Lloyd Group, CSM and Canon, who provides all participants with a grant.

About World Press Photo

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

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