Pressing Matters – a photojournalistic encapsulation of the year 2016


Annually, the World Press Photo Foundation recognises photographers’ visual creativity and commitment to in-depth photojournalism by exhibiting pictures that capture an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the previous 12 months. This year, an intense and haunting depiction of the assassination of Turkey’s Russian ambassador took the prestigious first prize as Photo of the Year. Captured seconds after the assassination, it shows Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, standing next to the lifeless body, with one finger pointing defiantly in the air while gripping onto his weapon. Altıntaş wounded three other people before being killed by officers in a shootout. Burhan Ozbilici, an Associated Press photographer, made a spontaneous decision on December 19, 2016, to attend the exhibition simply because it was on his way home. Speaking to The New York Times, Ozbilici admitted he was afraid but he did not panic: “I’m a journalist and...

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