Thursday, 24 May 2012

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House

Over the bank holiday, we hopped down to Somerset House to see the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

It's in the same gallery fashion that 'image maker' Nick Knight showcased his 2007 SHOWstudio exhibition, an enormous space that's spread over three floors so there's plenty to explore.

Some of our favourite pieces included Peter Franck's curious portraits from his Table Stories series. It's these wholly unusual shots that have contributed to the German photographer winning first place in the Fashion category. 

In the People category, it was the photographer Wendy Marijnissen's moving images that captivated us. Her work features the plight of third world families - documenting their day-to-day lives - and in this short film, Marijnissen shares the triumphant story of mother enduring pregnancy within a make-shift camp, having been forced from her home.

Photographer and journalist James Morgan also caught our eye - with a wonderful image of a child, enjoying nothing more than an underwater ride upon a shark in Indonesia. The snapshot below doesn't nearly do it justice so we whole-heartedly recommend getting down there to see it, and the rest of the exhibition in person.

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