Exhibition 05.31.2011 - 06.21.2011

world press photo

photography and journalism
curator: world press photo - scenography: claudio dell'olio

world press photo 2011 exhibition view ph. sylvie delpech

The winners of the 2011 World Press Photo, an international competition that rewards the most outstanding images of the past year, are on display at the Azzedine Alaïa Gallery. 

2011 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year ©jodi bieber

South African photographer Jodi Bieber won the first prize in the "portraits" category. She shows the Afghan woman Bibi Aisha, whose nose and ears were cut off by the Taliban for leaving her husband's house.  

Bibi Aisha, 18, was disfigured as retribution for fleeing her husband’s house in Oruzgan province, in the center of Afghanistan. At the age of 12, Aisha and her younger sister had been given to the family of a Taliban fighter under a Pashtun tribal custom for settling disputes. When she reached puberty she was married to him, but she later returned to her parents’ home, complaining of violent treatment by her in-laws. Men arrived there one night demanding that she be handed over to be punished for running away. Aisha was taken to a mountain clearing, where, at the orders of a Taliban commander, she was held down and had first her ears sliced off, then her nose. In local culture, a man who has been shamed by his wife is said to have lost his nose, and this is seen as punishment in return. Aisha was abandoned, but later rescued and taken to a shelter in Kabul run by the aid organization Women for Afghan Women, where she was given treatment and psychological help. She was later taken to America for help and reconstructive surgery.

After completing three short courses at the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, Jodi Bieber participated in a photographic training programme at the Star newspaper, in 1993. She continued to work there in the period leading up to and during South Africa’s first democratic elections.  Over a ten-year period (1994–2004) Bieber focused on the country of her birth, photographing youth living on the fringes of South African society. This work led to a book, Between Dogs and Wolves – Growing up with South Africa, published and released in five countries in 2006.

Bieber’s photograph of young mutilated Afghan woman featured on the cover of Time magazine in August 2010, and went on to win the World Press Photo of the Year. She has won five other World Press Photo awards. Bieber is also a winner Prix de le l’Union Europeene at the Recontres de Bamako Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, among many other accolades. Her work is exhibited internationally in solo and group shows.

She is also a Brand Ambassador for the province of Gauteng in South Africa, and is represented by The Goodman Gallery.

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  • world press photo 2011 exhibition view ph. DR

  • world press photo 2011 exhibition view ph. DR