World Press Photo followup

Following up with Anthony Suau’s win in the 2008 World Press Photo contest, there’s an interesting behind-the-scenes interview with the photographer over at Editor & Publisher, ominously headlined “World Press Photo, Pulitzer-Winning Photographer Struggles to Find Work” (Thanks to Tom Leininger on the APAD list for the tip). There are some interesting revelations in the piece, not least of which is that Time magazine never published the photos in print. Today, the magazine has published two galleries of his work online, “Best Photos of the Year, 2008: The American Economy: Down and Out” and “Prize-Winning Photos: Struggling Cleveland.”

Also of interest, PDNPulse tracked down an essay by Cleveland Plain Dealer photographer Gus Chan covering the same story and same detective in January 2008, nearly 3 months ahead of Suau. Chan’s photos are good, certainly, and seeing the two essays next to each other is a welcome reminder of the value that individual photographers and the notion of authorship bring to the photojournalism. We may just be pushing buttons on a camera, but there’s a whole lot more that goes into it…

Anthony Suau wins Worldpress Photo of the Year

Anthony Suau - World Press Photo of the Year 2008 - US Economy in Crisis: Following eviction, Detective Robert Kole must ensure residents have moved out of their home, Cleveland, Ohio, 26 March

World Press Photo has just announced the results of the 2008 contest (text list of winners’ names), and Anthony Suau has won the Picture of the Year. His picture, of a detective sweeping a house to make sure evicted residents have vacated their Cleveland home, was one of my favorites of the year, and it and the story it’s from, which won 2nd place Daily life, captured the economic crisis in a way that little other journalism did this year. Simply beautiful work.

Haven’t gotten a chance to look through the rest of the results yet, but the 3rd prize Portrait story, by Li Jiejun, jumped out to me as strange and intriguing.

Update/Addition (by Matt): I’ll probably post more on this soon but be sure to have a look at Suau’s archive. Amazing, I could look for hours.
And a story that PDN ran on him (which really isn’t comforting): “World Press Photo Winner Struggling To Find Work”