World Press Photo, known for focusing on human rights worldwide with the click of a camera, will display a collection of the best news photographs from the last 45 years at the galleries of sparkling-wine producer Mumm Napa Valley, beginning today.
Founded in the Netherlands in 1955, World Press Photo is an independent, nonprofit organization that gives annual awards for the best news photographs of the year. This exhibit contains the winning entries from every year since the organization's founding. Typically, the judges select the photos that best chronicle human rights violations and suffering.
"Not that there is no great photography in the fields of sports, arts or daily life," said Robert Pledge, curator of the exhibit for the World Press. "But in the end, our collective memory tends to hold onto those other images that have meaning in a more profound sense, images that tell us something about the world we live in."
Other exhibits on display at the Mumm galleries include a collection of photographs by Ansel Adams documenting early winemaking in California.
Mumm Napa Valley is the World Press Photo show's only planned U.S. venue in 2001. The exhibit is free and will run until March 18. For more information, call the winery at (707) 942-3434.