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From 4 to 9 November World Press Photo organizes its annual Joop Swart Masterclass.
The purpose: to deepen young photographers’ insight into photojournalism by the sharing of experience. In interaction with seven masters – all highly regarded professionals in the field – the twelve talented participants discuss ethical and emotional aspects of their work. A selection of pictures from the participants’ photo essays on the theme Risk will be on show in an exhibition in Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam, from 10 November to 7 January 2007.

Participating photographers were selected from over 110 nominees, by an international committee in April. They were then assigned a photo story on the theme Risk. Interpretations of the theme vary from one photographer to another: The Dutch Marieke van der Velden portrays refugees in the Netherlands who have been waiting for a decision on their residence status for more than five years. Argentine photographer Rodrigo Abd made a story about the daily life in Afghanistan; while Scottish David Gillanders focused his work on ‘Europe’s murder capital’ Glasgow.

During the 2006 Joop Swart Masterclass (named after the late honorary chairman of the World Press Photo foundation) the masters will give presentations on their experiences in their respective fields, and discuss intensively the ins and outs of photography. A selection of the work is compiled in a photo book and exhibition curated by Alessandra Mauro. The exhibition in Foam can be visited from Saturday to Wednesday between 10.00 – 17.00 hours and on Thursday and Friday between 10.00 – 21.00 hours. The entrance fee is € 6,50.

The participating photographers and their photo essays:

  • Rodrigo Abd, Argentina, Daily Life in Afghanistan
  • Ivan Chernichkin, Ukraine, Forsaken Childhood in the Ukraine
  • Tom Craig, United Kingdom, Ikea: the Risk of Losing Perspective
  • Tamas Dezso, Hungary, Sandžak: a Divided Region between Serbia and Montenegro
  • David Gillanders, United Kingdom, Glasgow: Murder Capital of Europe
  • João Kehl, Brazil, Boxing Towards a Financially Steady Life in São Paolo
  • Jesse Marlow, Australia, The Indigenous Population of Australia’s Heart Alice Springs
  • Leonie Purchas, United Kingdom, The Villamil Family in Cuba
  • Stephanie Sinclair, USA, History Repeats Itself in Lebanon
  • Mikhael Subotzky, Germany/South Africa, South Africa’s Beaufort West
  • Newsha Tavakolian, Iran, Iran: Uncertain Future
  • Marieke van der Velden, the Netherlands, Refugees in the Netherlands


  • David Burnett, USA, photographer Contact Press Images
  • Ayperi Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, director of Development of Photography Reuters
  • Jan Grarup, Denmark, photographer Politiken
  • Lesley Martin, USA, executive editor, Aperture book program
  • Alessandra Mauro, Italy, artistic director, Forma – Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan and Books and Exhibition director, Contrasto, Rome
  • Simon Norfolk, United Kingdom, photographer
  • Barbara Stauss, Switzerland, founding member and photo editor Mare Magazine

The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Delta Lloyd Group, by Stichting Democratie en Media and by Canon, who provides all participants with a grant. World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

Contact information:

For more information concerning the Joop Swart Masterclass, press images and interviews with masters or participants, please contact: World Press Photo, Madelijne Reijmerink: press@worldpressphoto.nl, tel: +31 (0)20 676 6096.

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