Since 1955, the independent non-profit organization, World Press Photo has selected, judged, and promoted the best of international photojournalism. Every year from early April to mid-June, WPP kicks off its worldwide travelling exhibit at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Attending the World Press Photo launch has become one of my favorite traditions while visiting the Netherlands. This past summer I took in my third WPP exhibit of striking and profound images documenting the battle for Libya, the aftermath of Japan’s Tsunami, scenes from North Korea, and an inside view of Mexican drug cartels. This year’s “Photo of the Year” is of a Yemen tear gas victim, by New York Times correspondent, Samuel Aranda. For more information on World Press Photo visit: www.worldpressphoto.com
I was shocked and saddened to hear that Canadian photographer Andrew MacNaughtan passed away while in L.A. on a shoot with legendary rock band RUSH. Andrew was the official photographer of RUSH drummer Neil Peart and a photo contact while I was Design Manager with Sabian Cymbals. I was often in touch with Andrew when in need of Neil Peart images for upcoming Sabian advertisements and he photographed our "What's Your Sound?" campaign. MacNaughtan was only 47 years old and a rising star of the rock 'n' roll photography world. R.I.P. Andrew, your images live on forever.