World Press Photo

Paris, France, 2004: The World Press Photo awards in Paris (2004) were displayed outdoors, where everyone and anyone could view the past year of photo-journalistic excellence for free. A decade later and the 2014 winners have just been announced. You can view the 98,671 pictures, by 5,754 photographers here.

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Oradour

Oradour-sur-Glane, France, 2004: The remains of the original village of Oradour-sur-Glane stand today as a memorial to one of the worse atrocities ever to occur in France…

On the 10th of June 1944 the 2nd SS Panzer Division (Das Reich)- heading north from Toulouse after the D-Day landings- sealed off the town and ordered all the residents to assemble in the village square.

The SS had confused Oradour-sur-Glane with nearby Oradour-sur-Vayres, where the Resistance allegedly held a Waffen SS officer captive.

All the women and children were locked in the church while the village was looted. Meanwhile, the men were led to barns and sheds where machine-gun nests were already in place.

The SS proceeded to the church and exploded an incendiary device killing most of the women and children, the survivors tried to escape through the doors and windows of the church, only to be met with machine-gun fire.

Virtually the entire village was massacred, 642 innocent people lost their lives…

Oradour-sur-Glane in context is just one of many memorials to Europe’s recent murderous past-  Bosnia being an ugly modern reminder…

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Bust

Paris, April 1998:  A shot from my first visit to Paris.  I think it’s from Pere Lachaise Cemetery….  Mamiya ZE/Sekor 50mm f1.7  

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Nuclear

South West France, 1998: Drive by shooting at the extreme- on the TGV high-speed train…  somewhere between Tours and Bordeaux these Nuclear power-plant cooling towers came into view- albeit very briefly… A TGV train made a world record in 2007 by reaching the speed of…  574.8 kmph/357.2 mph… France is the world leader in domestic […]

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Sparrowman

Notre Dame, Paris, France, 2004: The Sparrowman of  Notre Dame was quite popular with the birds… And no, he wasn’t covered in bread crumbs.  Notre Dame means “our lady” in French and is commonly used in the names of Catholic churches in French speaking countries.     Canon EOS 1N

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