Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

The most important and influential global press photographs of the last year will soon be on display at Mexico City’s Franz Mayer Museum.

The 139-picutre collection of World Press Photos 2020 Press Photo 2020 will open at the museum on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Alejandro Prieto

Since 1955, the World Press Photo Contest has recognized professional photographers for the best pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

This year’s first-place photograph, chosen by an independent jury that reviewed 73,996 photographs entered by 4,282 photographers from 125 countries, was taken by Japanese photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba.

Chiba’s powerful winning image, Straight Voice, is of a young man, illuminated by mobile phones, reciting protest poetry while demonstrators chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a June 2019 blackout in Khartoum, Sudan.

Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto received the second-place award in the Nature category for his stirring image of a Roadrunner Approaching the Border Wall.

The Franz Mayer Museum is located at Avenida Hidalgo 45 in the Plaza de la Santa Cruz in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico (across from Alameda Park. (Tel: 55-5518-2265).

The World Press Photo exhibit will be on display at the museum all this month, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is a nominal admission charge.

Sept. 1, 2020

 

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