Jodi Bieber’s photo of an 18 year old Afghani girl whose face was mutilated by her husband has been chosen as the World Press Photo of 2010.
The photo was featured on the cover of TIME magazines’ August 2010 issue.
The photo is of Bib Aisha who lives in Afghanistan. She fled to her family’s home and complained of experiencing violence from her husband (a Taliban). The Taliban arrived at her home one night and after the commander gave the verdict her brother-in-law held her down while her husband sliced off her ears and cut off her nose.
She was abandoned and later rescued by aid workers. She now lives in the US.
Jodi Bieber has won 8 World Press Photo awards and is the second South African photographer to win the highest award in the contest.
Jodi studied photography at the Market Theatre photographic workshop (a non-profit organisation founded by David Goldblatt). She began her career as a darkroom assistant at the Star Newspaper. She freelanced for that paper until 1996. She covered the historical period leading up to and during the first democratic elections in South Africa winning numerous South African Press Awards. After attending the World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam in 1996 she began freelancing for foreign magazines and newspapers. Most of her projects are based in Africa however her assignment to Pakistan encouraged a long-term interest in that country.