This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Head On Photo Festival goes online and Dysturb’s Covid-19 paste up programme encourages citizens to stay home.
Head On Photo Festival – Online 1-17 May
For more than a decade Head On has been a fixture on the annual festival calendar. Every May hundreds of photographers from around the country and the world gather in Sydney for the largest, and most diverse, photography festival in Australia. Head On is a major cultural attraction for Sydney with hundreds of thousands attending the expansive program of exhibitions, talks and events.
While the global pandemic has closed down events en masse, Head On’s team was determined to press ahead. On Friday 1st May the Head On Photo Awards will be announced live online in an unprecedented event that may draw thousands – that has certainly been the case for the physical events in past years. If you want to attend the live stream event see the Head On launch.
Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM says, “This online version of the Festival will be accompanied by an exciting program of online seminars and events throughout the Festival period. At a time when many people will be in isolation, this digital platform will provide our audiences around the world with a variety of interesting artworks, images and activities to engage and interact with. Thank you to everyone for their understanding and support in this difficult and uncertain time.”
Online Talks and Events
There are a host of online talks, panel discussions and workshops. I’m participating in two discussions on Sunday May 3 and it would be great to “see” you there.
Sunday May 3 6pm AEST Australian Photojournalism: a panel discussion on the best of contemporary Australian photojournalism with Meredith O’Shea (Sunday Age), Ben Bohane (Degree South), freelancers Jessica Hromas, Tracey Nearmy and Brian Cassey and Moshe Rosenzveig. Moderator Alison Stieven-Taylor.
Dysturb’s international urban poster campaign in response to Covid-19
I’ve been following the work of Dysturb since it was launched in 2014 by a group of photojournalists, writers, and artists to raise awareness of contemporary global issues. Dysturb’s approach involves “pasting mural-sized guerrilla blow ups in public places.” The media group also has implemented an impressive education program for schools.
Its latest campaign is designed to remind people what’s at stake with Covid-19 reinforcing the need to stay home. This new campaign features photographs of the health crisis in the United States from photographers Ashley Gilbertson (VII), Nina Berman (Noor), Ismail Ferdous, and Gaia Squarci (Prospekt); Oscar B. Castillo in Venezuela; Fabio Bucciarelli in Italy; Nichole Sobecki (VII) in Kenya; Laurence Geai and Hugo Aymar in France.
As usual, photographs feature detailed captions highlighting the impact of Covid-19 along with reminders of safety measures. Dysturb says, “The goal is to encourage the public to remain vigilant (e.g.: “Stay at home, save lives”).” Additional illustrations by Studio Jeremyville, New York, accompany these visuals.
Dysturb is also raising funds by selling the poster Stay Home for 15 Euro plus postage. “For each poster purchased and shipped by Dysturb, an additional poster will be pasted in public spaces to amplify prevention and the spread of information.” Buy the poster here.
Additonally, “Dysturb extends its intervention online through a series of live Instagram interviews (@dysturb) with photographers from around the world who cover the crisis from different angles – its impact on health, the economy, women and the environment. Among the photographers interviewed are Diego Ibarra Sanchez (Lebanon), Rafael Yaghobzadeh (France), Greta Rico (Mexico), Yuyan Liu (China), Kiana Hayeri (Afghanistan), and Finbarr O’Reilly (Democratic Republic of the Congo).”