The US photojournalist Benjamin Lowy (Reportage by Getty Images) began his career shooting the Iraq War in 2003 and he has since covered stories in many countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Haiti, Darfur, China, Indonesia, Columbia and more. During his eight-year career he has won a variety of awards including three World Press Photo Contest awards – most recently taking first prize in the 2011 Nature Stories category for his ‘Oil on Water’ project.
In April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig, in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, sunk after an explosion. Over the next four months, the resultant sea-floor oil gusher released an estimated 4.9 million barrels (nearly 780 million litres) of crude oil, making it the biggest marine oil spill in history and causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats, as well as to tourism and fishing industries in the Gulf. The rig, operated by Transocean under contract for BP, was drilling in about 1,525 metres of water, pushing the boundaries of deepwater drilling. US President Barack Obama placed an immediate moratorium on new drilling off the US coast.
Benjamin Lowy decided to take a highly original approach to photographing the tragedy by making his images highly attractive to view, despite the horrific nature of the event. In an in-depth CPN interview Benjamin Lowy discusses the images for his project ‘Oil on Water’ that won him the Nature Stories category of the 2011 World Press Photo Contest.
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Biografia: Benjamin Lowy
US photojournalist Benjamin Lowy began his career in 2003 covering the Iraq War for Time magazine. In 2004 he attended the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass and was named in Photo District News’ (PDN) 30 best young photographers under the age of 30. His images of Iraq were chosen by PDN as some of the most iconic of the 21st century. Lowy has received a variety of awards from World Press Photo, POYi, PDN, Communication Arts, American Photography and the Society for Publication Design. His work has been shown at London’s Tate Modern, San Francisco MOMA, L’Invalides in Paris and other venues. In 2011 his ‘Iraq Perspectives’ project won the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.