14 February 2017

This years World Press Photo has been announced. It’s a very angry man, who has just murdered someone he has never met before, and has never interacted with. His face, even after the act, is a mask of pure hate. It’s not an easy photo to look at. Most of the good qualities of standard photography that apply (eg composition, framing) are incidental, or tangential.

And it does seem there’s a lot of naked hate out there. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before as such a diverse and global scale. Hate against refugees. Hate against “the west”. Hate against republicans. Hate against democrats. Hate against the extreme right. Hate against the right. Hate against the left.

It’s a fitting photo.