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Hot Art: World Press Photo’s Global Lens

Yasuyoshi Chiba’s Agence France Presse image of the Japanese tsunami’s aftermath is one of many at the 2012 World Press Photo exhibition.

OCTOBER 3 TO 24  It’s safe to say that quite a lot transpired during the year that was 2011: the Arab Spring begat major political change in the Middle East and North Africa; the Occupy Wall Street protests sought to unite the “99 per cent”; Japan was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and nearly a nuclear meltdown. The common thread of these events and others? They were all captured by intrepid international photojournalists, whose best shots are on display as part of the annual World Press Photo exhibition. The dozens of prize-winning images reveal the full range of human experience, and remind us of the recent history that continues to shape our present and future.

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