The Ian Parry Scholarship supports and celebrates visual journalism around the world. Over the last 28 years, recipients have helped document the reshaping of history through their photography. Visual journalism plays an increasingly vital role in sharing accurate and under reported accounts of global events, and the scholarship is designed to promote and support the world’s leading and most talented young photographers.
Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years of age.
World as Image has been curated by Rebecca McClelland, our long-standing creative director as homage to the Ian Parry Scholarship 2018 winners, our mentors and former alumni. The 16 stories she has selected here offer a visual insight into some of the major socio-political concerns of our times, ranging from the Iraq conflict and the political situation in Zimbabwe to more intimate and less familiar subject matters, such as depression among young people in the Inuit community of Arviat in Canada, and the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon.
We are proud to announce Ezra Acayan as the recipient of The Ian Parry Scholarship Award for Achievement 2018. His photographs cast a dramatic light on the under-documented story of the Philippine government’s brutal “war on drugs”. Salahuddin Ahmed receives the Award for Potential 2018 for his moving colour photographs of the Rohingya population. Mushfiqul Alam is Highly Commended for his impressive work on the Rohingya crisis.
Having been submitted to the jury at a preliminary stage before a period of development and refinement lasting years, most of the projects exhibited in World as Image reflect on the photographer’s personal and professional evolution, while contributing on a global scale to discourses and practices on documentary photography and visual journalism.
The photographers within the exhibition are: Adriana Loureiro Fernanzez, Andrew Renneisen, Ivor Prickett, Ed Ou and Kitra Cahana, Hosam Katan, Heba Khamis, Yuyang Liu, Tafadwa Ufumeli, Ezra Acayan, Simon Roberts, Mushfiqul Alam, Matt Eich, Liz Hingley, Salahuddin Ahmed, Sharafat Ali, Marcus Bleasdale.
“Ian was my friend and worked for me when I was the newspaper’s picture editor,” says Aidan Sullivan, director of the Ian Parry Scholarship.
Losing him was devastating and I founded the scholarship, along with Ian’s family, in order to create something positive from such a tragic death. Our patron is Sir Don McCullin C.B.E. Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24.”
We would like to sincerely thank those who have made this exhibition possible, assistant curator Julie Bonzon and project manager Olivia Kennaway and our loyal sponsors; The Sunday Times, Canon Europe, Incite Project, Verbatim and Touch Digital. D237 Design, Melon Modern and Kingswood Ioptus.