This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – if you’re in San Francisco, check out Renée C. Byer’s exhibition Living on a Dollar a Day at World Affairs. Also, Amnesty International has mounted a campaign to release Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam. Please sign and share.
In other news, a new exhibition in Melbourne captures the changing of the seasons in breathtaking Alpine vistas. Also pencil 12 September in your diary for the launch of Magnet Docklands Gallery and the fundraiser for the Human Rights Law Centre. More details closer to the date.
Sunday 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, which recognises the suffering of millions of civilians caught in conflict. It also acknowledges the remarkable contribution and aid that humanitarian workers and medics provide, often at great personal risk. Join the #NotATarget movement to demand that world leaders take action to protect all civilians caught in conflict.
Exhibition: San Francisco
Renée C. Byer – Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor
This exhibition, which is also a book and documentary film, captures the lives of those living in extreme poverty. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer traveled to ten countries on four continents to document individuals and families trying to survive on about $USD1 a day. This is an amazing project that has given a voice to those who don’t have the resources or political capital to tell their stories.
Youbridge.it – bring your mobile and headphones
Byer has worked with A Fourth Act to develop the app Youbridge.it which is designed to capture the moment of empathy and turn it into action.
We’ve all been in the situation where we see an image in an exhibition and are moved to want to do more. But life gets in the way and once we’ve left the gallery often we forget about our good intentions.
Youbridge.it gives the viewer the opportunity to engage with the issues Byer has raised, to learn more about the story behind the photograph, and to act – make a donation to groups working toward solutions, pledge to take action in your own community and also to share on social media. It’s a unique and clever app that provides a conduit for immediate action. You no longer have to wish you could do something. Now you can.
World Affairs 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200, San Francisco.
David Rosendale – The Fall
Australian photographer David Rosendale undertook a 12 month survey of seasonal changes to the environment in the Alpine region of Falls Creek in Victoria. The exhibition ‘The Fall’ showcases a selection of images from this expansive project.
These photographs resonate with me on a personal level as I know this area of the state well. Rosendale has captured the beauty of nature and the magical changes that each season brings, a work only possible with patience. This series reminds us of the passing of time, and to slow down and look .
Until 2 September
Fox Gallery & Darkroom 8 Elizabeth St, Via Laneway, Kensington