Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 12 October 2018

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the third edition of Photo Kathmandu, Everyday Climate Change and an exhibition on Cuba by Melbourne artist Helga Leunig.

Breaking News: Australian-based Iranian photographer Hoda Afshar has won the 2018 Bowness Award ($30,000) for her portrait of Behrouz Boochani, who is being held in detention on Manus Island. This portrait is from a collaborative project between the artist and subject. I’ve been working on a story on Hoda. Coming soon.

Behrouz Boochani (C) Hoda Afshar

Festival: Photo Kathmandu

Centred in the city of Patan, the third edition of Photo Kathmandu sees the festival expand from a two-week event to a month-long celebration of photography. This year’s curatorial framework encompasses themes of gender, power, identity, patriarchy, and sexuality.

Some of the featured exhibitions:

“The Lightning Testimonies” by Amar Kanwar (India) – a multi-channel video installation that reflects upon the history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence (below).

The Public Life of Women” co-curated by Diwas Raja Kc and NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati (Nepal) – an exhibition developed from the archival materials collected for The Feminist Memory Project by Nepal Picture Library (below).

“There Are No Homosexuals in Iran” by Laurence Rasti (Switzerland) a work that questions the fragile nature of identity and gender concepts using photographs of Iranian gays and lesbians who are forced to live in anonymity (below).

“The Lost Head and the Bird” by Sohrab Hura (India) – a film that presents a hallucinatory and chaotic reading of India’s current socio-political climate (below).

“Where Love is Illegal” – Robin Hammond and Witness Change presents this global, collaborative project designed to bring focus on the persecution of LGBTQI+ persons. It is hard to conceive, but there are still 72 countries where people who love each other must do so in secret or face ostracisation, imprisonment, torture or even death (below).


12 October to 16 November Various Venues See website for details

Photo Kathmandu is organised by, a platform for photography based in Kathmandu founded in 2007.

Exhibitions: Italy & Scotland

Everyday Climate Change

From Instagram to the real world, Everyday Climate Change (ECC) broadens its audience with two exhibitions: one in Verona, Italy and the other in Glasgow, Scotland.

The show in Verona is up until January 13, 2019. This exhibition is curated by Photo Op, in collaboration with James Whitlow Delano, the founder of ECC and French-Italian photojournalist Matilde Gattoni, with scientific contribution by Giusi Pasqualini and Leonardo Latella.

It’s great to see ECC’ photographs in physical form. While Instagram is a fantastic platform for reaching a global audience the exhibition space, where images are enlarged and sequenced, provides the opportunity for a different type of engagement and reading of the pictures.


The Verona exhibition features photographs by Rodrigo Baleia • Nina Berman • Michael Robinson Chavez • Ashley Crowther • James Whitlow Delano • Bernardo Deniz • Sima Diab • Luc Forsyth • Sean Gallagher • Balazs Gardi • Matilde Gattoni • Georgina Goodwin • Katharina Hesse • Esther Horvath • Ed Kashi • Peter Mather • Gideon Mendel • Palani Mohan • John Novis • Matthieu Paley • Paolo Patrizi • J.B. Russell • Vlad Sokhin • Sara Terry • Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert • Franck Vogel • Elisabetta Zavoli.

Images from the Verona installation are below. See it at Museo di Storia Naturale, Lungadige Porta Vittoria 9, 37129 Verona

While the exhibition at Trongate 103 in Glasgow is a smaller show (below), it drew an enthusiastic crowd for its opening last week. On until 4 November. Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD.


Helga Leunig: Three Weeks in Havana

Shot in 2017, this exhibition features pictures by Melbourne artist Helga Leunig whose work draws attention to the everyday beauty in people, places and communities.


Three Weeks in Havana is on at the Abbotsford Convent, one of the coolest art spaces in the city. Helga is also running a workshop on 28 October. See link for details.

Until 18 November

St Heliers Street Gallery, Ground Floor Convent Building
1 St Heliers Street Gallery Abbotsford

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