Damir Sagolj wins World Press award

February 10, 2012

Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj won first prize in the World Press Photo Daily Life Singles category with his photograph of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung on a wall in Pyongyang.

Below, he recounts taking the photograph.

“After days of excitement and lots of rare pictures in the provinces, I came back to Pyongyang without big plans for shooting in the capital. All I wanted were some moody general views of the city. This is probably the easiest big picture I shot for a long time – it was taken from the window of my hotel room in Pyongyang early morning, just before the sunrise. I knew that portrait was there and I insisted with our hosts to get a room on a very high floor facing that direction. So, all I had to do is to wake up early in the morning, make a coffee, light a cigarette and make sure I exposed well. The scene has this eerie look for maybe 5 to 10 minutes, then the revolutionary songs and propaganda speeches from loudspeakers wake the city up.”

Canon 5D Mark II, lens 70-200mm, f4, 1/60, ISO 800

Caption: A picture of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung decorates a building in the capital Pyongyang early October 5, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

To see more of Damir’s photography from North Korea click here.


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Damir, well done and is a great captured. And congratulations on the winning for the World Press Photo Contest.

Posted by wongfl | Report as abusive

Pictture of you

Wideness, corners and complexity…that is your mind.

We can see you were a student in engineering once…we can see your logic and lucidity, lit by the sparkle of talent, the spotlight over there….
Technique and talent,you know can change the world.
Without a war you could change the world, but see the fate, it was the war that changed you. Colouring your soul with the bluish gloomy shades of dawn.

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It really sounds good! I would like to congrats Damir Sagolj for winning world press award. Thanks for sharing the valuable information about Press Photographers. Regards…

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