The standard of photography, as you would expect, is very high. You come across major stories which you’ve probably forgotten all about and make you go ‘oh yeah… I remember’. You come across stories which you haven’t forgotten about. And then there’s always something obscure such as a photo documentary about a community or a way of life somewhere in the UK. This year, for example, there were photos of Somerset cidermakers (by Graham Trott) and of bridesmaids at the wedding of Irish travellers (by Jess Hurd).
There are always a couple of photos that stay with me such as the photo of the bodies of children of the Beichuan Middle school caught by the earthquake in May 2008 (by Dan Chung) or the photo of the Chefferie IDP camp in DR Congo (by Andrew McConnell).
If you go… just make sure that you time your visit well… it’s pretty hectic there just before or after a performance. Oh… and make sure you look out for the photo of the year…
Rosie Hallam The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Nairobi, Kenya.
And if you can’t make it to the NT in time, do not panic. You can see them here – Press Photographer’s Year.
The Press Photographer’s Year 09 is on at the National Theatre (Lyttelton Exhibition Space) until 31 August. FREE.