25 July – 11 September 2012
Tom Stoddart’s Perspectives exhibition at More London Riverside is now closed but pictures and videos of it can be viewed on this website. More are yet to be uploaded. We estimate that around quarter of a million people visited the exhibition during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Your perspectives: There was no Visitors Book at the Perspectives site but a selection of comments and reactions were recorded and can be accessed on: www.youtube.com/user/78perspectives
Pictures taken daily at the exhibition can still be found on the My Perspectives page.
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Seventy-eight of Stoddart’s signature black and white pictures featured in a free, open-air display at More London Riverside, between City Hall and HMS Belfast.
During his distinguished career Stoddart has travelled to more than 50 countries and documented such historic events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Siege of Sarajevo and the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first black president.
His acclaimed in-depth work on the HIV/AIDS pandemic blighting sub-Saharan Africa won the POY World Understanding Award in 2003. In the same year his pictures of British Royal Marines in combat, during hostilities in Iraq, was awarded the Larry Burrows Award for Exceptional War Photography. A year later his book iWITNESS was honoured as the best photography book published in the USA.
Now established as one of the world’s most respected photojournalists, Stoddart works closely with Getty Images to produce features on serious world issues.
”The world’s nations are joined together in a wonderful sporting festival whose motto is ‘swifter, higher, stronger’. I hope that people visiting the exhibition will leave with a greater determination to understand and help those with little access to clean water, food and medicines who, through no fault of their own, cannot run more swiftly, jump higher or be stronger”.
Tom Stoddart Perspectives exhibition attracts 100,000 visitors in first three weeks
International acclaim for photographer’s retrospective
More than 100,000 people have visited Tom Stoddart’s open-air photographic exhibition at More London Riverside, between City Hall and HMS Belfast, on the South Bank, since it opened on 25th July. By the time it closes on 11 September the exhibition is set to attract around 250,000 visitors.
His display of signature black and white images, shot over a 40-year career, have left many visibly moved and the website (http://www.youtube.com/user/
Stoddart, who has been at the exhibition almost every day, said, “The public reaction to the exhibition has been incrediblysatisfying. People have taken time out from the wonderful Olympic party to stand quietly inside the exhibition and reflect on the photographs. Watching parents explain to their children who Nelson Mandela is, or what the BerlinWall was, is brilliant and quite emotional for me.
“These images represent milestones in my life as a photojournalist. The world’s nations have been joined together by a wonderful sporting festival whose motto is ‘swifter, higher, stronger’. I hope that people visiting the exhibition will leave with a greater determination to understand and help those with little access to clean water, food and medicines who, through no fault of their own, cannot run more swiftly, jump higher or be stronger”.
Perspectives is presented in participation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has worked with Stoddart toillustrate the repercussions the lack of safe access to health has on populations caught in armed conflicts or other emergencies. Too often safe access falls victim to the targeting of health workers, shelling of hospitals, blocking access for life-saving ambulances and general insecurity that means health care simply ceases to function for those who need it most. Sean Maguire, spokesman for the ICRC said, “The inability of the wounded and sick to receive effective health care is one of the biggest humanitarian challenges in the world right now. It affects millions and the ICRC has thus made it a priority to improve the safe access to health care for wounded and sick caught by armed violence around the globe”
For further information, images, videos and feedback recorded at the site see http://78perspectives.com . To arrange interviews with Tom Stoddart or for further information contact Glyn Strong on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 7806 920087
See also: http://78perspectives.com/