Montreal, July 28, 2022 – The World Press Photo Montreal exhibition team is proud to announce that Canadian photographer Amber Bracken, World Press Photo of the Year prizewinner, will be in Montreal to launch the event’s 15th edition, which takes place from August 31 to October 2 at Bonsecours Market. What’s more, photographer Justine Latour will present her exhibition Claire 107 years old for the very first time alongside the prizewinning photographs of this flagship event of Montreal’s fall culture calendar. As a reminder, artist Caroline Monnet will serve as spokesperson for this 15th edition, where she will also present the world premiere of her exhibition Ikwewak (Women).
After a two-year absence, this marks a noteworthy return for the World Press Photo Montreal exhibition!
Amber Bracken, World Press Photo of the Year prizewinner
This year, the jury of the most prestigious international press photography contest awarded its top prize to Canadian photographer Amber Bracken for Kamloops Residential School, a photograph taken for The New York Times.
Photographed in British Columbia, the red dresses hung on wooden crosses commemorate the children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Amber Bracken photographs primarily across western North America, specializing in relationship based and historically contextualized storytelling. Her work explores the intersections of environment, culture, and colonization. The Albertan photographer has covered global issues for media outlets such as National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Maclean’s, ESPN, and The New York Times.
Claire 107 years old, an exclusive photo exhibition by Justine Latour
Claire Sigouin was born in Montreal in 1915. In the decades that have followed, she has carved her own path while disregarding each era’s prevailing rules and expectations. Having entered her thirties at the end of World War II, and turned 107 in May 2022, she retains the same youthful spirit and sharp mind as ever—and intends to live for a long time still. Claire’s laughing eyes tell the vibrant story of an extraordinary and atypical life. When fate brought Justine Latour in touch with Claire, she quickly became her muse. “I fell in love with Claire at first sight. Since then, we’ve become friends,” explains the photographer, who has been capturing the centenarian for many years.
About the World Press Photo Montreal exhibition
Often dubbed the Oscars of photojournalism, the World Press Photo features the prizewinning photographs selected by a jury from a vast selection of nearly 65,000 submissions by 4,066 photojournalists hailing from 130 countries. Presented since 2005, the Montreal exhibition is one of the world’s most highly attended editions. The prizewinning photographs are divided into four categories: Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects, and Open Format. The World Press Photo Montreal exhibition receives support from ICI RDI, La Presse, and the SDC Vieux-Montréal.
About World Press Photo
Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization with its headquarters in Amsterdam. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards of photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Each year, the exhibition travels to more than 100 cities in 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million visitors. The World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and PwC.
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