Yesterday, we’ve been to the exhibition 2005 World Press Photo in Berlin. Amazing pictures, very moving — sometimes you rather want to look away, sometimes you seem petrified by the eyes of a portrait staring at you…

Surprisingly, I and also a friend of mine were most deeply touched by photos of the bereaved of U.S. soldiers who had died in Iraq. There were many other pictures showing more cruel scenes, actually a lot of blood and tortured bodies, or ‘third world’ victims of earthquakes, wars, and hunger — I was wondering, whether even a press photo doesn’t have to show ‘it all’ to be most effective, or if we Europeans are just emotionally closer to the U.S. than to African or Asian countries.

World Press Photo of the Year 2005A postcript to the exhibition: It was shown in a shopping mall at Potsdamer Platz — weird , but also a good place to reach as many people as possible. These pictures really made you stop for a minute, watch them, and made you feel bad about going shopping… well, if that’s not something!