Special exhibition

ICONIC - Defending press freedom and democracy since 1955: Strasbourg, France

28 June 2023 to  27 September 2023
European Parliament, Strasbourg, France

The World Press Photo Foundation and the European Parliament present a selection of photographs, awarded World Press Photo of the Year from 1955 to 2023, that captured some of the most defining moments in recent history.

The collection, including Charlie Cole’s picture of Tiananmen Square and John Moore's image of Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez, highlights issues such as the hope and resilience of protesters, migration, resistance against racism, or the human cost of conflict, and shows how important photojournalism is in shaping our collective memory and creating mutual understanding. Major world events in the years the photographs were taken are outlined to provide context and invite the viewer to reflect on the past, present, and future.

Visual stories, documented by multiple voices, play an important role in understanding the world's most significant issues. Press freedom, a foundation of democratic societies, enabled these visual stories to be published. Yet, in many parts of the world, this right is oppressed or under threat and cannot be taken for granted. Supporting the conditions for press freedom is a fundamental part of the World Press Photo Foundation's and the European Parliament's work.

Alongside the exhibition, free guided tours will take place throughout July and August.

Event location

Visitors circuit
Louise Weiss building
1 Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Saturday: 09.30 - 12.00; 13.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Sunday: closed

More information on opening hours here
Please note that opening hours change during plenary sessions.


Free admission

Organization details

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Guided tours

From 1 July to 31 August 2023 (outside the parliamentary sessions from 10-14 July)

Monday: 12.15 -13:00 (English) and 13.00-13.45 (French)
Wednesday: 12.15 - 13.00 (German) and 13.00- 13.45 (French)
Friday: 12.15 - 13.00 (English) and 13.00 -13.45 (French)

Meeting point: Agora, Louise Weiss building, European Parliament in Strasbourg
Free of charge, no reservation required

Other information

Discover the official seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The European Parliament in Strasbourg is open to visitors six days a week throughout the year. Visits are always free of charge. During your visit, you can see the European parliamentary chamber – the Hemicycle, the Parlamentarium Simone Veil and several exhibitions. Find out more about events and exhibitions.


The photographers included in this exhibition are: Mogens von Haven, Denmark: 1955; Douglas Martin, United States, The Charlotte News/The Associated Press: 1957; Co Rentmeester, The Netherlands, Life: 1967; Hanns-Jörg Anders, Germany: 1969; Nick Ut, Vietnam/United States, The Associated Press: 1972; Alon Reiniger, United States/Israel, Contact Press Images: 1986; Charlie Cole, United States, Newsweek: 1989; Dayna Smith, United States, The Washington Post: 1998; Lara Jo Regan, United States, Life: 2000; Tim Hetherington, United Kingdom, Vanity Fair: 2007; Pietro Masturzo, Italy: 2009; Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management / Goodman Gallery for Time magazine: 2010; John Stanmeyer, United States, VII for National Geographic: 2013; Mads Nissen, Denmark, Berlingske/Scanpix: 2014; Warren Richardson, Australia: 2015; John Moore, United States, Getty Images: 2018; Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, AFP: 2019; Mads Nissen, Denmark, Politiken/Panos Pictures: 2020; Amber Bracken, Canada, The New York Times: 2021; Evgeniy Maloletka, Ukraine, Associated Press: 2022. 

Images credits (top to bottom, left to right): Charlie Cole, Newsweek; Douglas Martin, The Charlotte News / The Associated Press; John Moore, Getty Images.