World Press Photo Presents Next#04

World Press Photo is pleased to announce the fourth edition of its Next book series. The book features the photo essays made by the 12 participants of the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, a leading program for recognizing and showcasing emerging talent in visual reporting worldwide. Next#04 will be available in bookstores and on the World Press Photo website as of 14 November 2014.

Next#04 brings you a glimpse into the future of visual storytelling through the eyes of the next generation of photojournalists and documentary photographers. Their stories on the theme ‘irresistible’ cover a wide range of fascinating and sometimes surprising topics. These include a visual diary of a young woman exploring her sexuality, a dynamic visit to a North Dakota boomtown and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bangladeshi film industry. They range from portraits of Polish transgender women, to a series of landscapes along the highways of the American West, to a portrait of ‘the world’s ugliest dog’.

The book includes an introduction by the American photographer Maggie Steber, who looks back at her own experience as a master at the event. She writes: “All the work from the masterclass is personal, no matter what the subject, and shows us the world from the most intimate details to our universal commonalities. Who would not be in love with this glorious collection of human stories? Through their work I look in a mirror and see myself. It is an invitation to walk on the wild side, and a happy reminder to me of why I became a photographer, and why I still call myself a photographer.”

Next #04 contains 160 pages and more than 110 images, it was designed by Teun van der Heijden of Heijdens Karwei and published in collaboration with Schilt Publishing. The English edition will be distributed by Ingram (North America) and Thames and Hudson (rest of the world), a German edition is co-published by Till Schaap Edition. The book is also available online at as of 14 November.


The 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass
The 21st edition of the annual Joop Swart Masterclass will be held from 2 to 8 November 2014 in Amsterdam. The participating photographers will interact with six prominent masters discussing today’s challenges, technical and visual aspects of their work, their role as a photographer, as well as the essays that are featured in the book.

The participants
The following young photographers - six men and six women of ten different nationalities - will participate in the Joop Swart Masterclass:
Bego Antón, Spain; Bryan Denton, USA; Isadora Kosofsky, USA; Meeri Koutaniemi, Finland; Giorgio Di Noto, Italy; Émilie Régnier, Canada; Raphaela Rosella, Australia; Protick Sarker, Bangladesh; Bryan Schutmaat, USA; Akos Stiller, Hungary; Andrejs Strokins, Latvia, and Ilona Szwarc, Poland.

The masters
Frank Kalero, Spain, cultural manager, publisher and curator; Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, photographer Noor; Meaghan Looram, USA, deputy editor of photography The New York Times; Hellen van Meene, the Netherlands, artist; Sujong Song, South Korea, independent curator and photo editor, and Donald Weber, Canada, photographer VII Photo Agency.

21 years of Joop Swart Masterclass
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 Joop Swart Masterclass holds prime position among the workshops, debates and other educational programs regularly organized within the World Press Photo Academy. It is named after the foundation’s late chairman, who was a passionate supporter of young photographic talent.


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The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Ammodo Foundation, Corbion and Canon, who provides all participants with a grant.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Posted October 13 2014

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