The "50 Years World Press Photo" exhibition was held from February 9 to March 12 at the Seoul Gallery in the Press Center. To enhance the specialty of photojournalism and increase the share of information freely, the World Press Foundation with the patronage of the Kingdom of the Netherlands held an annual press photo exhibition. The exhibition is an important part of press photo history.
The exhibition consists of an era and theme. The prizewinning work of "50 Years world Press Photo" during 1955 to 2005 are exhibited and Korean photos indicating the conclusive moment of Korean history are also prepared. Through the photos, visitors had the opportunity to take a good look at Korean Photojournalism.
Every important moments has a historical and social value, and it has been recording by the press photos. They represent historical fact as a fundamental purpose, as well as have a huge effect and make a public opinion. It becomes political and social adverse criticism, so to speak, it functions as a medium of general opinion.
Visitors can feel the power of the truth and impression through surprising photos. Even in the same circumstances, a journalist can put many things into reality in just a small piece of paper. Other people appreciate the photos and feel the reality and impression that reminds them of past history. In that point, the photos imply both the fact and the truth. Therefore, Francis Bacon said, "The contemplation of as they are, without substitution or imposture, without error and confusion, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention."