World Press Photo 2019

Heidi Ramírez

The theme for 2019 at World Press Photo was "stories that matter." What do these stories that matter look like? How does World Press Photo affect our perception of pain?

When we engage the concept of "mattering" we are categorizing the stories we want to convey, and therefore we know, beforehand, the audience to whom that particular information may matter; we know the codes that the people we are addressing use and therefore we dare to say that there are "certain stories" that will matter more to them. 

All this is done from a strategically white and European context that sections and operates on -mostly- "stories" that happen to people who, "coincidentally", are non-white. 

There is a baiting and exposure of the lives of non-European people, a rewarding of fear and a permanent recontinuation of patterns such as paternalism, the white savior syndrome and the perpetuation of imaginaries and stereotypes that only inflate the ego of the people who attend the exhibition.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: World Press Photo 2019
  • Direction: Heidi Ramírez
  • Production: 2019.
  • Duration: 00:01:33
  • Languages: English - Spanish
  • Original format: Quicktime