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Anthony Suau wins World Press Photo of the Year Friday. Join him at Fovea on Saturday

U.S. foreclosure image is 2008 World Press Photo

Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:59am EST

A picture of an armed sheriff moving through an American home after an eviction due to a mortgage foreclosure was named World Press Photo of 2008 on Friday.

Jury members said the strength of the photo by American Anthony Suau for Time magazine was in its opposites -- it looks like a classic war photograph, but is simply the eviction of people from a house.

"Now war in its classic sense is coming into people's houses because they can't pay their mortgages," jury chair MaryAnne Golon said.

Join Mr. Suau at Fovea for the opening of his exhibit 'HARD RAIN' and to celebrate his major international prize.
Saturday Feb 14th, 4-8pm, 143 Main Street Beacon

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Comment by Dana Devine O'Malley on February 15, 2009 at 11:22pm
thanks fovea for putting together a great show
Comment by John Morgan on February 14, 2009 at 9:48pm
I guess I do, too.
Comment by John Morgan on February 14, 2009 at 9:46pm
You folks need to get a life.
Comment by Mark Roland on February 14, 2009 at 1:37pm
Actually, Golon was chair of the panel, not chief judge.
Comment by Mark Roland on February 14, 2009 at 1:23pm
Thank you for putting this story in perspective for us, Ms. Vesuvius.

I am not sure what qualifications or characteristics one needs to exhibit to be labeled a "European quasi-intellectual." It almost seems like it might be a kind of variant on the famous "elite" smear the previous administration was fond of tossing around. To put things back on a factual basis, without the categorizing with labels that are vague, misleading, or have no actual meaning, here is a list of the 2009 judges:

>MaryAnne Golon, USA, consulting photography editor, chief judge

>Akinbode Akinbiyi, Nigeria, photographer, writer and curator
>Patrick Baz, France/Lebanon, regional photo-manager, the Middle East, Agence France-Presse
>Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany, photographer Laif
>Olivier Culmann, France, photographer Tendance Floue
>Erin Elder, Canada, digital media manager The Globe and Mail
>Per Folkver, Denmark, photo editor in chief Politiken
>David Friend, USA, editor of creative development Vanity Fair
>Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, vice president pictures Reuters
>Volker Lensch, Germany, head of photo department Stern
>Ricardo Mazalan, Argentina, photographer The Associated Press
>Arianna Rinaldo, Italy, photo editor D La Repubblica delle Donne and editor-in-chief OjodePez
>Sujong Song, South Korea, freelance photo editor

>Daphné Anglès, France/USA, European picture coordinator The New York Times
>Stephen Mayes, UK, managing director VII Photo Agency

For what it's worth, I for one think the U.S. has demonstrated proto-fascist behavior throughout its illustriously democratic history. In any case, you can always argue the strengths and weaknesses of a single image. And that is what the judges did. For me, the winning photo captures a certain out of whackness about the country right now, where police force is used to facilitate return of property to banks that have done much graver damage to society than falling behind on payments for a home. Congratulations again, Mr. Suau. For anyone else reading, come to Fovea and see his work and meet him in person today at 4pm!
Comment by Mark Roland on February 14, 2009 at 10:10am
Too bad they didn't send armed sheriffs to AIG, Citibank, GM, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Wells Fargo, etc. etc. etc. looking for the chuckleheads that "engineered" this mess in the first place.

What Ronnie said--great timing, congratulations to Anthony Suau.

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