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Canadian photographer, Turkish photojournalist are guests of honor at World Press Photo Montreal exhibition

Canadian photographer, Turkish photojournalist are guests of honor at World Press Photo Montreal exhibition

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by August 7, 2017 Exhibitions

Montreal’s flagship cultural event – the World Press Photo Montreal exhibition – will be staged at Bonsecours Market from August 30 to October 1 this year, featuring the 150 photographs that won last year in what has been called the Oscars of photojournalism.

For the 12th edition of the World Press Photo Montreal exhibition, two guests of honor will grace the event: Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici of the Associated Press, and Canadian photographer Amber Bracken.

Ozbilici is the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year for his gripping photograph of the murder of Andrey Karlov, Russian ambassador to Turkey, in December 2016. His photo shows the ambassador lying on the ground, while his attacker, an off-duty policeman gestures while holding a gun. The powerful impact of his image has made it one of the most shared and most remembered pictures of the horrific event, with the jury praising Ozbilici’s bravery in capturing “the hatred of our time.” Ozbilici will be in Montreal from August 26 to September 1.

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. At first, AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici thought it was a theatrical stunt when a man in a dark suit and tie pulled out a gun during the photography exhibition. The man then opened fire, killing Karlov. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Bracken was the first prize winner in the Contemporary Issues category for her 2016 photo series at Standing Rock, a Native American reservation in North Dakota at the center of a campaign against the constructon of a pipeline there. The Canadian photographer, a member of Rogue Collective, is interested in indigenous people affairs. She will be in Montreal for the event from August 28 to 31.

Two nations – Veterans carry an American and a Mohawk Warrior Society flag through the storm. The Mohawk flag came to prominence during the 1990 Canadian Oka Crisis, when the military confronted indigenous people in a major armed conflict for the first time in modern history. Camp is dedicated to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) “in a good way” but there is some fear history will repeat itself, again.

Meanwhile, musician and actor Sébastien Ricard is the spokesperson for the event. The World Press Photo exhibition travels to 100 cities during the year, with more than 4 million visitors to the event.



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