Over their award days, The World Press Photo Foundation are working with secretive movement #Dysturb to make visual journalism accessible to the Dutch public by pasting 10 news images on the walls of buildings around Amsterdam.
Co-founded by photographers Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette, #Dysturb is a photojournalism movement “driven by the desire to make information freely accessible through the use of urban spaces.
“By taking on public spaces with human scale pictures, #Dysturb cut out from traditional publishing avenues and offers a new visibility to photojournalism,” is how the network of photographers describe their work.
The photography will be projected onto Amsterdam’s streets during the World Press Photo’s Award Days, and the city’s Festival of Free Speech, an event organised primarily by The Press Freedom Committee and comprising the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) and the World Press Photo Foundation.
Lars Boering, head of World Press Photo, says of the partnership: “People deserve to see their world and express themselves freely. We are celebrating visual journalism at our Awards Days, and see this as an ideal moment to highlight photography and freedom of speech in various ways, leading up to the Festival of Free Speech, 3 May.
“The diminishing readership and decline in advertisement revenue in traditional media outlets has resulted in a decrease in the investment of photojournalistic stories and in photojournalists”, says #Dysturb founder Pierre Terdjman. “#Dysturb was founded in the hopes of making these news stories accessible to the general public. By taking on public spaces with human scale pictures, we cut out from traditional publishing avenues and offer a new visibility to photojournalism.
“We decided to think outside of the box and try to widen the audience that views these images by using techniques adopted from urban street culture. We have pasted large-format photographs on the walls of major cities around the world, such as New York, Paris, Sarajevo, Sydney, Melbourne and Tbilisi, and are very happy to bring imagery in a new, innovative way to the people of Amsterdam now too.”