Visual literacy

See the Story

See the Story is a free learning resource that gives you the story on how you come to see the photographs displayed in our exhibitions


This free educational publication provides visitors to our exhibition and website with information on photography and its history, on our visual world and the role of the World Press Photo Foundation in the visual world. We detail how we get to see visual stories, how these are made, and how they raise questions about important issues.

Photographs and digital stories can be interpreted in many ways, and every picture and story we display can lead to different understandings. Through individual stories from our exhibition, we explore important questions for visual storytelling, such as: What determines the meaning of a picture? How can complex issues be photographed? How can video give more understanding to an issue? Why is press freedom important?

See the Story is an interactive PDF that is free for you to download. Get your copy.

Images credits:
Evely Hockstein, for The Washington Post
Ciril Jazbec, for National Geographic
Ernesto Benavides, Agence France-Presse