Special exhibition

People, Power: Documenting protest since 1957

21 October 2020 to  16 November 2020
Kruisplein, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Kruisplein, the Netherlands
People, Power: documenting protest since 1957

Kruisplein, the Netherlands

In collaboration with UNESCO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Press Photo Foundation will present a special exhibition as part of the celebrations for the World Press Freedom Conference 2020. The exhibition documents protest and people power, featuring work awarded in the World Press Photo Contests from 1957. It will be displayed in public spaces across Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague, and is free for visitors.

The independent juries of the World Press Photo Contests have over the years awarded many pictures of protest, starting with Douglas Martin’s photograph of Dorothy Counts, a symbol of resistance against racism; and finishing with Yasuyoshi Chiba’s Straight Voice, awarded World Press Photo of the Year in the 2020 Photo Contest, capturing the hope and resilience of protesters in Sudan. The exhibition shows images that, like Charlie Cole’s picture of Tiananmen Square, have become global symbols of people power and celebrates the work of professional photographers who are showing us the stories that matter.

Recent technological transformations have given visuals an even more important role in communications today. Reporting on protests often comes with risks. The World Press Freedom Conference 2020 strives for free and independent media, and the protection of journalism from new and persistent forms of control. At a time when the freedom of the press is under attack in so many countries, we need these professionals more than ever.

Please note, during a visit to the exhibition, basic COVID-19 rules apply.

Dates and locations

From 23 September until 19 October
Location: Kruisplein

From 21 October until 16 November
Location: Cultuurpark Westergas (in front of the World Press Photo House)

The Hague
From 18 November until 14 December
Location: TBC


World Press Freedom Conference 2020
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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Photo credits: 
Fabio Bucciarelli, for L’Espresso
Douglas Martin, the Charlotte News and Associated Press
Yasuyoshi Chiba, Agence France-Presse