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Jodi Bieber and Mikhael Subotzky on the World in London

Jodi Bieber and Mikhael Subotzky are participating in The World in London , organised by The Photographers’ Gallery and forming part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. The project presents portraits of Londoners by British and international photographers taken from 2009 to 2012. Each portrait shows a person or people from one of the 204 nations taking part in the London 2012 Games, accompanied by individual stories.The World in London is a celebration of Londoners and demonstrates photography’s ability to capture the human form in interesting and distinct ways. This summer you can see the exhibition in Central and East London. Victoria Park, London E3, Victoria Park, London E3. The exhibition runs from 27 July to 12 August 2012.

World Press Photo 11 travels to Cape Town

The 2011 World Press Exhibition will finally travel to South Africa, taking place at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town from 26 January–17 February 2012. Featured on the show is Jodi Bieber’s World Press Photo of the year 2011 – her iconic portrait of Bibi Aisha. There will also be a series of Photography Masterclasses and discussions presented as part of the 2012 Iziko Summerschool Program running from 4–17 February. Contact Jenny Altschuler for more information on 0829355522 or

Jodi Bieber, Real Beauty in Finland

Jodi Bieber’s Real Beauty series is currently being exhibited as part of “Africa in Oulu” – running from 24.9. 2011 – 8.1.2012, which is organised by Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu Museum of Art, Cultural House Valve and Provincial Library of Oulu. The exhibition is a satellite exhibition of ARS 11, organised by Contemporary Museum of Art Kiasma. Bieber’s Real Beauty exhibition is curated by Alla Räisänen and it is organised in co-operation with Oulu Museum of Art.

“This body of works entitled ‘Real Beauty’ has been inspired by a number of events," explains Bieber, “the primary being my own life. My forties have brought a feeling of more comfort within my own skin than when I was younger even though my body shape has shifted dramatically. This project is an extension of a Dove billboard advertising campaign in London showing ordinary women in their underwear advocating and speaking up for Real Beauty. Advertising campaigns don’t usually draw my attention, but this one did. A model sitting next to me on the way from London to Paris emphasised the extent to which Photoshop is used to enhance beauty. She was not in the least bit concerned about the rings under her eyes as these imperfections would easily be erased after her photoshoot. A BBC radio documentary spoke about an increase in the cases of black anorexic women in South Africa, as the full figured body which was once more favourable is no longer as desirable as Western body shapes.”

Jodi Bieber wins World Press Photo of the Year 2010

The international jury of the 54th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a picture by Jodi Bieber from South Africa as the World Press Photo of the Year 2010.

The portrait of Bibi Aisha was also awarded First prize in the category Portraits Singles in this year’s contest. It was shot for Time and was featured on the cover of the 1 August issue of the magazine.

Her winning picture shows Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband’s house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi’s brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the American military. After time in a women’s refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the US.

Jodi Bieber has previously won eight World Press Photo awards and is only the second South African photographer to win the highest honor in the contest. She is a former participant of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass where she returned as a master in 2010.

The conclusion of the jury
Jury chair David Burnett said: ‘This could become one of those pictures – and we have maybe just ten in our lifetime – where if somebody says “you know, that picture of a girl…”, you know exactly which one they’re talking about.’

Juror Ruth Eichhorn commented: ’It’s an incredibly strong image. It sends out an enormously powerful message to the world, about the 50% of the population that are women, so many of whom still live in miserable conditions, suffering violence. It is strong because the woman looks so dignified, iconic.’

Juror Vince Aletti said: ’It’s a terrific picture, a different picture, a frightening picture. It’s so much about not just this particular woman, but the state of women in the world.’

Juror Aidan Sullivan said: ‘Part of what the World Press Photo contest does is to take pictures to a wider audience, an audience that is going to ask why? And this photo makes people ask “What on earth…?” "What’s going on…?" “What has happened…?” For me, this was the picture that asked the most important questions.’

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Press for Jodi Bieber

Jodi Bieber / SA Jewish Report / South Africa / 5 April 2014

Jodi Bieber takes on the behemoth of Maleness by Robyn Sassen (214.2 KB)

Jodi Bieber / Culture / United States / 3 April 2014

Jodi Bieber: Quiet by Hans Aschim (302.3 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The Sunday Times / 8 August 2010

SA Photographer Shakes the World by Karen van Rooyen (719.6 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The New Yorker / 7 July 2010

Postcard from Soweto by Whitney Johnson (1.2 MB)

Jodi Bieber / Mail & Guardian / 14 June 2010

Jive Soweto by Matthew Krouse (399.2 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The Sunday Times /Johannesburg / South Africa / 30 March 2014

Brief Moments by Oliver Roberts (296.4 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The Saturday Star / Johannesburg / South Africa / 4 -5 April 2014

Photos Quietly Challenge Notions Of Male Identity by Paballo Thekiso (2 MB)

Jodi Bieber / The Star / Johannesburg / South Africa / 5 August 2010

Review of Soweto by Tshepo Tshabalala (1.8 MB)
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