This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Conversations on Conflict Photography, a new book and exhibition by Lauren Walsh launches in New York City; Lessons from the Arctic opens at Magnet Galleries Melbourne; and the suburb of Fitzroy comes under the spotlight in the Image Chasers latest group show.
Exhibition and book:
Conversations on Conflict Photography – Lauren Walsh
Without spoiling the full book review which is to come, this is one of the most insightful reads on conflict photojournalism.
Conversations on Conflict Photography by Lauren Walsh features interviews with 12 award-winning photographers whose groundbreaking images have often defined global conflicts: Andrea Bruce, Marcus Bleasdale, Susan Meiselas, Shahidul Alam, Ron Haviv, Spencer Platt, Eman Helal, Benjamin Lowy, Nina Berman, Alexander Joe, Laurent Van der Stockt, and Newsha Tavakolian. There are also interviews with photo editors and humanitarian organisations.
Richly illustrated with 110 colour and B&W photographs, the 376-page book is sectioned into three categories: Behind the Lens, In the Newsroom and Beyond, and Advocacy and Aid. An essay written by Walsh precedes each section followed by a series of interviews.
Walsh teaches in New York City at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin School’s Photojournalism Lab. She has perfectly balanced academic insights with personal revelations.
There is also a Conversations on Conflict Photography exhibition, curated by Walsh and Keith Miller, which opens on October 8 at Gallatin Galleries in New York and features more than 30 works.
“This show examines the stories behind the photos and the ways the photographers approached them,” says Walsh. “Because contemporary viewers interact with photography in ways vastly different than even a generation ago, this exhibition permits a variety of approaches to engage with and learn from the photos—through text, audio, video, and ephemera. Through the use of interviews with photographers about their experiences of the conflicts they cover (reading their words, hearing their voices, seeing them speak) and with artefacts of the practice (for instance, a flak jacket and gas mask), this exhibition brings a deeper nuance and depth to the images.”
On October 16 (6-8pm) there is a panel discussion with Walsh, Nina Berman and Santiago Lyon, both who are interviewed in the book. The exhibition features works from all 12 photojournalists from Conversations also.
This is one of the events of the year, so all of those lucky enough to be in NYC, don’t miss out! Am wishing that the teleporting machine from Star Trek would hurry up and become a reality. Beam me up, Scotty!
Gallatin Galleries – 1 Washington Place New York, NY 10003
Conversations on Conflict Photography is published by: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Lessons from the Arctic – Magnet Galleries
In late 1911 two explorers set off for the South Pole: Norwegian Roald Amundsen and British explorer Robert Falcon Scott undertook independent expeditions in the bid to be the first to place their country’s flag at the end of the earth. Amundsen beat Scott by a month!
“This panel exhibition of images and personal accounts reveals how (Amundsen arrived first) by exploring some of the lessons (he) learnt from earlier experience in both Polar Regions. Many of the images have never been displayed before. They were taken by the expedition crew, hand-coloured by Amundsen and used in his lecture series of 1912.” For those who love history, this is a rare opportunity to gain insights into a time now long forgotten.
6-27 October, Magnet Galleries, SC G19 Wharf Street , The District, Docklands, Melbourne
3065 – Image Chasers Group Show
How much has Fitzroy, Melbourne’s first suburb (originally named Newtown), succumbed to the wave of gentrification that has swept this city’s inner suburbs? What has happened to the largely working class community? Has Fitzroy retained its personality? These are some of the questions that this group show by Melbourne’s Image Chasers explores.
4 – 16 October 2019 Brunswick Street Gallery, 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy