Largest Global Photo Exhibition

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A Day In The World is ‘largest global photo exhibition’ BBC.

Wikstrom says: “Some of the most extraordinary images come from Bangladesh, people were really engaged and they have a strong tradition of photography.”

The left hand picture by KM Asad from Bangladesh (Pathshala alumni)  shows 45-year-old Rahela who works in a factory cleaning waste from the production of incense, despite suffering from asthma.  The light-hearted shot on the right shows a makeshift light switch cover - but note the swastika carved into the Mona Lisa's forehead.

A Day In The World is being billed by organisers as the largest global photography exhibition ever staged, shown on 85,000 digital displays in 22 countries. Among the exhibits will be Iranian photographer Mehran Hamrahi's shot of a young boy diving past a water buffalo.

Wikstrom continues: "All those everyday moments are rarely documented by photographers. Honestly, have you taken a picture of your desk? How many everyday images do you take at home? There are always birthdays and vacations. The flat in which I used to live, I didn't have any pictures of the kitchen, now that part of my life is lost. Everyday life is the essence of this project."

 

Forty-five of the 100,000 pictures submitted will be shown on screens across the world, in partnership with advertising agency Posterscope. Some of the photos are designed to make the viewer think, such as Jack Mikrut's shot of tourists taking turns to photograph themselves and their pet dog in front of the capsized Costa Concordia ship off the island of Giglio in Italy.

 

The best 1,000 pictures will also be included in a book. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has written the foreword, saying: "Photography is a wonderful communication tool, transcending the barriers of age, language culture and gender. Photography connects." This beautiful shot from Hands Strand shows the icy waters of Greenland.

A hungry dog waiting expectantly in Denver, Colorado; a deliveryman in Venice, Italy; and a ballet school in Toronto, Canada. Wikstrom, a photographer himself, says: "We got slightly fewer pictures than we expected but the quality was better. What struck us was the sincerity of the pictures. People are being really honest and straightforward."

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