Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 22 December 2017

It’s hard to believe that another year is about to come to a close. It’s been an amazing year filled with extraordinary people and storytelling. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing visual journalists from around the world as a journalist and also a Ph.D. scholar. There is so much amazing work being done on important issues and I look forward to continuing the visual journey with my readers in 2018.

The last post of the year – we’ll be back on 19th January 2018 – features Steve Schapiro’s exhibition in New York (I’ve had the pleasure to interview Steve a couple of times in the last year or so and to meet with him in Chicago last month was a real treat. He’s one of the nicest, and most inspirational, people I know. He’s been a photojournalist since the 1960s and at 80-something he’s still shooting!). Also, the Sydney Morning Herald exhibition at the State Library of NSW is worth checking out. Plus Alexia Foundation’s annual funding round opens 7 January 2018.

Wishing you all a happy and safe New Year.

Steve Schapiro, Bowie Blue, Los Angeles 1975
David Bowie, The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1975

Exhibition: New York

Steve Schapiro – Heroic Times

This exhibition features photographs by Steve Schapiro from the 1960s and 70s that capture some of the key moments in American history and culture, from the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, to Andy Warhol’s Factory and Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. There are also photographs from Schapiro’s work in film with iconic images from Taxi Driver and also David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth. A number of photographs have never been on public view.

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Schapiro, who is now 83y.o. and still shooting, studied with W. Eugene Smith and was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson. He says, “I am always seeking the image that conveys the spirit of the person. At the same time, as a photojournalist, I want to create an image so that people will understand what news is being made”.

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John Lewis, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1963
hg13 Brooklyn Core Car Stall In, New York 1964. jpg
CORE Car Stall-in, Brooklyn CORE threatened the 1964 New York World’s Fair, 1964
hg14 Nico in Times Square 1972
Nico in Times Square, New York, 1972
hg10 Andy Loves Edie, Los Angeles 1966
Andy loves Edie, 1965

Until 27 January 2018

Howard Greenberg Gallery

41 East 57th Street

New York, NY 10022

Exhibition: Sydney

Sydney Morning Herald 1440

Curated by Sydney Morning Herald photo editor Mags King, the exhibition 1440, whose title refers to the number of minutes in a day, features 25 photographs taken by the Herald’s photographers.

King says, “I think this exhibition allows you to see the way in which these talented photographers translate fleeting moments into something permanent”.

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Cry for help: Tabarek, 15, is suffering from a mortar wound and
can no longer walk as her family makes its way to safety during
the offensive to retake West Mosul, Iraq, from ISIS.
Photo: Kate Geraghty, 2017 Gold Walkley Winner and Photographer of the Year

Having curated the exhibition for the past five years, King says she strives “to ensure the exhibition is balanced and represents the broad spectrum of stories that we explore at the Sydney Morning Herald…Each year I have tried to include a variety of photos that capture world, political, breaking news and local events. I want people to see how Fairfax photographers capture the dark and light; all the different shades that make up our daily lives”.

Until 28 January 2018

State Library of NSW


Alexia Foundation 2018 Grant Round

Bailey Vanderpool (11) of the Young Marines attends a meeting focusing on drug awareness, 11 Feb 2017, Hanover, PA. Hanover and the surrounding districts combine for Young Marines meetings, with a total of around 40 students. Nationwide, the youth group has around 300 clubs. The ages range from 8-18. The Young Marines is a not-for-profit organization focusing on youth development in categories such as citizenship, patriotism, and drug-free lifestyles. Photo by Sarah Blesener, winner of the Alexia 2017 Professional Grant.

The Alexia Foundation will open its Alexia 2018 Grants on January 7, 2018. The Alexia Foundation awards grants to student and professional visual journalists to help them produce projects that inspire change by addressing topics that are socially significant.

“If you’re producing work that makes a difference, that reveals the little known, that touches lives in a way that elevates our perceptions and understanding, then you are the perfect applicant for an Alexia Grant,” says Syracuse University Alexia Chair and Grant Administrator, Mike Davis. “All the more so if your efforts embolden others to bring about change for the better.”

The deadline for the Alexia Professional Grant, for which the winner receives $20,000, is February 1, 2018 at midnight. The deadline for the Alexia Student Grants is March 1, 2018 at midnight. Judging will take place March 23 and 24, 2018 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Winners will be announced in early April.

More information about how to submit your entry and what to submit visit


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