"2021 Seoul International Photojournalism Exhibition: New Normal Life"
By: Seoul Metropolitan Government
The exhibition takes place in a hybrid online and offline format, featuring 86 photos captured by 68 photojournalists from 12 international news outlets, including AP, AFP, EPA, IMAGO, and The New York Times.
20 photos among them can be enjoyed outside along the Seoul Metropolitan Library's exterior wall until December 12 so that citizens can enjoy the photos by walking along the library with keeping social distance, while the entire photos can be seen online given the ongoing COVID-19 situation until December 20.
In the main exhibition, 56 photos captured every moment of happiness and sorrow as well as joy and sadness in the daily lives of ordinary people around the world in the New Normal Life, which has become the world's new order after the COVID-19 outbreak.
Along with the main exhibition, Seoul prepared a special section with photos from The New York Times to welcome the opening of its Asia Digital Hub office in Seoul. Citizens can see 29 Pulitzer Prize-winning photos and a selection of 2021 year-end news photos that visually recap the most impactful stories from this year.
The final exhibition photos were selected by the Photo Selection Committee joined by Ph.D. James D. Kelly, Associate Professor and Director of Journalism of the Media School at Indiana University; Cecilia Bohan, Picture Editor Consultant at The New York Times; Gary Kemper, former photojournalist at Reuters and Advisor to International Olympic Committee (IOC) Media Operations; and Seokyong Lee, CEO and Chief Photo Director of PENTA PRESS.
Ph.D. James Kelly, Chief of the Photo Selection Committee, said, "Even during a year of pandemic, the world's photojournalists have found an essential spirit in lives of everyday people." He added, "All of these photographs show life as it is lived every day by those who the world's audiences would otherwise not see. Please look carefully at this collection of images, and you will have an opportunity to see your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, and even yourself."
Those who cannot visit the Seoul Metropolitan Library still can enjoy the exhibition on their desktops or smartphones through the Digital Gallery and the 360-degree Virtual Gallery created at the backgrounds of the Seoul Metropolitan Library and the Seodaemun Prison History Hall by visiting its official webpage (english.seoul.go.kr/
SIPE Organizing Committee