Vernissage: 3rd of March 2012, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)
Press photos should reflect the situation in every society at any given time. That’s why I’m always a bit excited when the “Press photo of the year award” in Iceland is announced but Kópavogur art museum (Gerðarsafn) annually houses the event.
According to the selected committee, these pictures stood out in certain categories last year.
Category: “Daily Life” / Eyþór Árnason
Category: “Magazine photo of the year” / Kristinn Magnússon
Category: “Portrait picture of the year” / Rakel Ósk Sigurðardóttir
Category: “Sport photo of the year” / Kristinn Magnússon
Photographs belong to the photographers
For society critics and other thinkers it can be curious to compare the emphasis and trends in press photography between nations. I went to the “Swedish press photo award” last year in Stockholm and now this year in Iceland. At first sight, these two closely related countries seems to have almost nothing in common when it comes to media’s photo coverage. The Swedish press photos mirrors multicultural society, while the geographical isolation of Iceland seems to affect the Icelanders approach to press photography — sometimes in a very positive way.
Anyhow, I have to admit that I’m quite impressed how many Icelandic photographers have gained reputation and respect internationally — especially since most photographers of this country have to travel abroad to get their education. Examples of those includes the young fashion photographers, Saga Sig and Silja Magg and of course — the world known (and self-taught) documentary photographer Rax.
Don´t miss this years “Photograph of the year” in Sweden. The exhibition will be opened the 31st of March in Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm.
Date: 3rd of March – 7th of April 2012
Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur