Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 20 April 2018

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Eyes on Main Street festival opens with 100 exhibits, Renée C. Byer’s Living on a Dollar a Day exhibition and Getty and Women Photograph team up to offer a new grant.


Eyes on Main Street – Wilson, North Carolina

Gaza, Palestine, 2014
© Heidi Levine / Sipa Press
Gaza, Palestine, 2014

Designed to cultivate cross-cultural understanding through powerful photography, and rejuvenate the historic heart of Wilson, in North Carolina,  Eyes on Main Street festival comprises 100 venues – storefront windows that run over six blocks downtown taking visitors across the railroad tracks and linking east and west Wilson into one shared community.

This year’s theme is “Main Street: a Crossroad of Cultures”. On show is work from more than 100 photographers from 35 countries including Heidi Levine, Alex Webb, Renée C. Byer, Guillaume Herbaut, Diana Bagnoli, William Klein, Martin Parr, Gaia Squarci, Fabio Bucciarelli, Harry Gruyaert, Kanza Fatima, Monika Bulaj, Carol Guzy, Gareth Bright, and Krisanne Johnson. Notably, there is equal representation of male and female artists.

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2018  marks the fourth Eyes on Main Street, this year curated by Jerome De Perlinghi, the event’s artistic director and creator of the festival, along with co-curators Catherine Coulter Lloyd and Régina Monfort.

“The photographs taken in 48 countries, not only celebrate our shared humanity, they illuminate our capacity and resilience to survive against all odds,” says co-curator Régina Monfort.

The Eyes on Main Street festival will launch on Saturday April 21st with a street party at the corner of Nash and Douglas Streets, with around 30 international photographers present. There’s an amazing opening weekend program of events too. See the website for details.

Opens this weekend

Exhibitions on until July 29      

Exhibition: Sacramento,California

Renée C. Byer – Living on a Dollar a Day

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Over the past few months I’ve come to know the work of American photojournalist Renée C. Byer who I’ve connected with for my PhD. She’s an amazing photographer and an incredibly compassionate and sharing human being – one of the perks of my work is that I get to meet some extraordinary people!

This weekend her exhibition, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor opens in Sacramento, Northern California. She’s also debuting a new app, which I’m not going to say anymore about just now, but there’ll be a feature story coming very soon! If you’re nearby to Cosumnes River College Art Gallery in Sacramento check out this remarkable body of work photographed over several years, on four continents and in 10 countries. There is also a book and documentary both supported by The Forgotten International, a non-profit in San Francisco that works to bring together those with great resources and those with great needs.

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Opening 6pm Saturday 21 April

Until 18 May

Cosumnes River College Art Gallery


Getty Images Partners with Women Photograph

In a new partnership, Women Photograph has teamed with Getty Images to offer a grant that is designed to promote gender diversity in photojournalism and elevate the voices of female and non-binary visual journalists.

Daniella Zalcman, Photographer and Founder of Women Photograph says: “Our partnership with Getty Images brings us one step closer to achieving our mission of shifting the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensuring our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent”.

Cassie Trotter, Director of Editorial for Getty Images, APAC says “The photography industry continues to see an inadequate share-of-voice awarded to highly talented female visual journalists. Through this partnership with Women Photograph, we’re aiming to be at the forefront of an exciting and long-overdue change within the industry”.

Applications for the US$10,000 grant close 15 May. Through funding and mentorship the grant will support an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story. See link for details Getty Images Women Photograph Grant.



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