POY Asia is proud to announce that the first-ever POY Asia exhibition has opened at the Mindful Art Forum(MAF), a private gallery in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition will run from July 13 to September 3, 2022.
The exhibition is a result of the hard work by Suejin Shin, a POY Asia judge in 2021 and the Director of LAMPLAB, who was suitably impressed with the works she saw and our direction after judging the inaugural competition to start exploring this possibility last year.
Founded in 1944 by University of Missouri Professor Cliff Edom, POY’s initial exhibit was entitled “The First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition of New and Feature Pictures”.
In honor of Edom’s first exhibit, the inaugural POY Asia exhibition features 50 award-winning images from the POY Asia 2022 competition.
As part of the opening, a forum titled “The truth revealed by photojournalism and documentary photography in our era” was held at the gallery on July 12, 2022.
When we created POY Asia, we made a pledge that we will not just be about a competition; and that education and robust exchange are necessary for our profession to grow.
It is a well-proven fact that there are more visual storytelling talents in Asia than publicly acknowledged. We at POY Asia believe we have both responsibility and opportunity to help bring more stories and talents to the spotlight.
We hope that in years to come, POY Asia Presents will become a gathering to look forward to.