World Press Photo Exhibit Closes Early Over Censorship


A World Press Photo exhibit in Beirut is shutting down early after Lebanese authorities ordered the removal of an Israeli photographer’s prize-winning work, an organizer of the exhibit said Friday.

Erik de Kruijf, a World Press project manager, said the Netherlands-based organization preferred to close the exhibit 10 days early rather than face censorship.

“For a week it was no problem and then someone noticed that he is an Israeli photographer,” de Kruijf told The Associated Press. “We cannot allow censorship of any kind so that’s why we decided to take everything down.”

The World Press award is one of the industry’s most coveted prizes.

The photographs in question are by Amit Sha’al. They show various street scenes in Israel in which the photographer holds up historical photos of the same places in front of the camera in a juxtaposition of past and present.

Sourced from: YA Libnan

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