The World Press Photo Foundation and #Dysturb bring photojournalism to the streets of Amsterdam

The World Press Photo Foundation and #Dysturb are joining forces to make visual journalism accessible to a wider audience by pasting 10 big news images on the walls of buildings around Amsterdam.

Co-founded by photographers Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette, #Dysturb is a network of professionals driven by the desire to make information freely accessible through the use of urban spaces.

Lars Boering: “People deserve to see their world and express themselves freely. Freedom of information, freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech are more important than ever. At World Press Photo our mission is to develop, support and promote visual journalism so these freedoms can be secured. We are celebrating visual journalism at our Awards Days, the annual photography festival, and see this as an ideal moment to highlight photography and freedom of speech in various ways, leading up to the Festival of Free Speech, 3 May.”

“The diminishing readership and decline in advertisement revenue in traditional media outlets has resulted in a decrease in the investment of photojournalistic stories and in photojournalists,” explains founder Pierre Terdjman. “#Dysturb was founded in the hopes of making these news stories accessible to the general public. By taking on public spaces with human scale pictures, we cut out from traditional publishing avenues and offer a new visibility to photojournalism.”

He continues: “We decided to think outside of the box and try to widen the audience that views these images by using techniques adopted from urban street culture. We have pasted large-format photographs on the walls of major cities around the world, such as New York, Paris, Sarajevo, Sydney, Melbourne and Tbilisi, and are very happy to bring imagery in a new, innovative way to the people of Amsterdam now too.” 

On 3 May the Press Freedom Committee will host a debate about the ‘Red Line’ for the freedom of press and freedom of speech, in De Balie Amsterdam. During this evening, press freedom is celebrated but freedom of speech is also critically analyzed. Pierre Terdjman from #Dysturb will be a guest speaker together with journalists from parts of the world where freedom of speech and press isn’t as obvious as in the Netherlands.

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About Festival of Free Speech, 3 May 2016
The Press Freedom Committee comprises the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ), RNW Media, Free Press Unlimited, the Association of Editors in Chief, De Balie, PEN, the Pressmuseum and BKB | the Campaigningbureau, and the World Press Photo Foundation.

About #Dysturb
#Dysturb is a community willing to make photojournalism accessible to a wider audience, sticking big news pictures in the streets. By taking on public spaces with human scale pictures, #Dysturb cut out from traditional publishing avenues and offers a new visibility to photojournalism. It’s the strong will to focus on the essence of our work: give to see and relay testimonies of people that trust us on the ground. 

Stichting Democratie & Media#Dysturb is made possible by the support of the Stichting Democratie & Media.

Posted April 22 2016

About The World Press Photo Foundation

We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We receive support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are sponsored worldwide by Canon.