Aidan Sullivan to Replace David Friend as World Press Photo Jury Chair
World Press Photo Press release - Aidan Sullivan, vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images, will chair the 2012 World Press Photo Photo Contest jury. He takes over the task from David Friend who has been forced to pull out for medical reasons.
Aidan Sullivan started his career as a staff photographer for a local newspaper in the UK at the age of 18, and then freelanced as a news photographer in Fleet Street, covering events and conflicts around the globe. He later joined The Sunday Times in London as deputy picture editor, soon becoming the picture editor and subsequently joining The Sunday Times Magazine as assistant editor responsible for photography. In 2005, Sullivan joined Getty Images and relocated to New York. He created Reportage for Getty Images in 2009, representing some of the leading international photojournalists and documentary photographers in 2009. Sullivan is currently based in London. He was previously a member of the 2011 World Press Photo contest jury.
World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke comments: “We were looking forward to welcoming David Friend to head this year’s jury and we wish him a speedy recovery. At the same time, we are thrilled that Aidan Sullivan is able and willing to replace him at such a short notice. Aidan’s association with World Press Photo goes back a long way, and having participated in last year’s contest jury, Aidan has the right experience to tackle the demanding task of the jury chair.”
Nineteen recognized professionals in the field of press photography worldwide are judging the entries of the 55th World Press Photo contest at the foundation’s office in Amsterdam from 28 January until 9 February 2012. The winners will be announced on 10 February in a press conference at the Amsterdam City Hall and on the foundation’s website.
The town of Potosi, Bolivia is intimately tied to the silver mine at Cerro Rico, first discovered in the 16th Century. Here, Reportage photographer Lisa Wiltse writes about her experience working in Potosi and her own perilous journey into the mine.
“Don’t touch any of the wires or you could get electrocuted,” Reynaldo says matter-of-factly. Any illusion that a trip into Potosi’s Cerro Rico mines would be easy left me about 100 meters into the shaft. The lights disappeared, the tunnel roof lowered, and my hard hat was the only thing that kept me from injuring my head on the rock above. Finding myself in a cloud of grey dust I realized that my mask was still around my neck; I quickly pulled it over my face, wondering if I had already inhaled something toxic.