78,801 photos and 4,738 photographers from 129 countries. It’s safe to say that The World Press Photo Exhibition is bringing stories that matter, from across the globe. This exhibition is a poignant and beautiful insight into our political landscape and current issues; a candid look at life from around the world. The Scottish Parliament has once again secured the opportunity to host this illustrious exhibition. What better place than Scotland’s decision-making hub, situated a stone's throw away from the festival venues.
A poignant and beautiful insight into our political landscape
Although there is no clear route around the exhibition, this does not inhibit the experience at all. This cleverly curated series mixes, themes, countries and styles together; a fitting choice to illustrate the diverse nature of photojournalism. This incredibly powerful collection covers everything from conflict to coming of age, with insight and integrity.
To bring these scenes to life for the public is to give them power. John Wessells, one of the prize winners, demonstrates this perfectly with his images of the democratic strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other highlights include Mario Cruz and his piece Living Among What's Left Behind; which paints a chilling picture of the effects of pollution in Manilla.
The stories told in these photos are undoubtedly reason this exhibition shines, however, the poignancy of the location brings something extra to the experience. Walking through the exhibition from the beginning, the fact that decisions are made here, on some of these issues is not far from your mind. It creates an opportunity for visitors to be inspired by the power of the free press and become acquainted with the system which engages with these issues.
Still undecided? The location and it's rich history as a building in its own right is perfect for exploring. This jaunt down Canongate combines art culture and architectural wonder; making it the perfect stop on a day out in Edinburgh.