This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – a special edition featuring the 31st Visa Pour L’image Festival in Perpignan, the world’s most renowned photojournalism festival. This year features another amazing collection of visual journalism from around the world.
Visa Pour L’Image – 31/8 to 15/9
It is now seven years since I attended my first Visa in the picturesque French town of Perpignan. It was a profound experience that continues to influence my work, both journalistic and scholarly, work that investigates the power of the photograph to impact social change.
Looking at the line-up of exhibitions at this year’s Visa reinforces, for me, the import of photography in informing the public about stories we might not otherwise know about. In the “Age of the Image,” to borrow from Fred Ritchin, visual journalism is more important than ever. These photographs, many of which come to us because journalists have risked their own safety, deserve our full attention. Bravo, to Jean François Leroy and his amazing team in putting together yet another brilliant celebration of photojournalism.
Below is my selection from more than 20 exhibitions. You can visit the website to see the full programme. There’s also a massive screening programme – this is the list as it currently stands.
Lake Victoria, Slowly Dying
Distant Early Warning
A special issue on the Arctic will be published in National Geographic in September.
In God We Trust: Faith and Eccentricity in the United States
“Today, with awareness raising and efforts by the international community, the maternal mortality rate has declined by approximately 40% since 1990 according to the World Health Organization. This is the case for all countries in the developed world, with the exception of the United States and Serbia which, tragically, have both seen maternal death rates increase. Many people today have no idea that the natural human events of pregnancy and childbirth can still be fatal for large numbers of women. It is a basic human right for pregnant women to have access to proper healthcare services and perinatal care.” Lynsey Addario.
The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism
The Koreas – Across the Peninsula
50 Years on the Front Line
Diary of a Photographer
Anush Babajanyan / VII Photo Agency – 2019 Canon Female Photojournlaist Grant
Thomas Morel-Fort / Hans Lucas
Winner of the 2019 Camille Lepage award, supported by la SAIF
Axelle de Russé / Hans Lucas Winner of the 2019 Pierre & Alexandra Boulat award, sponsored by la Scam