This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Emmanuel Angelicas’ Silent Agreements -Marrickville-50-Home opens in Sydney and the third and final instalment in the Bronx Documentary Center’s digital exhibition Trump Revolution The End of Truth.
Plus the 2021 National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarship (US) applications are now open. Deadline for entries is midnight eastern time (US), December 1, 2020 For details and to apply, visit NPPF.
Silent Agreements – Emmanuel Angelicas
From the time he was given a plastic Diana camera at the age of seven, Emmanuel Angelicas has taken photographs. That was in 1970. Since then he’s used his home suburb of Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner-west, as his canvas.
For 50 years he’s documented his family, neighbours and strangers, capturing images of Marrickville, its humanity and its dark secrets, without censorship.
Even now when he turns his lens to document his much-loved neighbourhood, he says “I am still this seven year old boy curious with his camera…”
Silent Agreements – Marrickville – 50 – Home presents a selection of images from what is a vast archive. As curator Alan Davies notes, Angelicas “is probably best known for his artistic images of dark fantasy with their frisson of danger but this exhibition also shows a serious documentation of the people and places in his neighbourhood. His camera reveals the changing culture and character of his environment. Family photographs provide a grounding to his artistic expression.”
I have one of Angelicas’ prints on my wall (I’m looking at it as I write), a reminder of the beauty in the quotidian, and the generous spirit of the photographer who made a gift of the picture back in 2015 when we first met.
Opens Saturday 14 November at 6.00pm – 2 weeks only
ATLAS Community & Cultural Centre 96 Illawarra Road Marrickville
A Head On 2020 featured exhibition, Curated by Alan Davies former Curator Of Photographs, State Library of NSW 1989-2014. Angelicas is also the co-founder/director of the Australian Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Trump Revolution The End of Truth
Trump Revolution The End of Truth is a three-part exhibition curated by Bronx Documentary Center Founder/Executive Director, Michael Kamber and Exhibition Coordinator, Cynthia Rivera. The final instalment in this fascinating, and disturbing, exhibition that “documents the country’s shift toward conspiratorial thinking by examining the rapidly changing roles of traditional and social media over the past 25 years” is now live.
As Kamber observes, the transformation from truth to disinformation and “fake news” has happened in a frighteningly short period of time. “Several factors converged over two decades to destroy many Americans’ belief in professional journalists reporting the facts: in 1987 the FCC revoked the Fairness Doctrine, sparking the birth of conservative talk radio; 1991 saw the birth of the World Wide Web, a bottomless source of unfiltered, free information ready to be passed on to others; in 1996, the nakedly partisan Fox News, and its rival, MSNBC, were launched; conspiracist Alex Jones radio show was syndicated nationally in 2001; 2004 witnessed the birth of Facebook and the explosion of an unregulated social media that would become the primary source of information for many. Almost simultaneously, thousands of newspapers began to close across the country.”
“The Washington Post reports that (Trump) has made more than 20,000 false or misleading statements while in office. He has repeatedly denounced credible news outlets staffed by professional journalists, editors and fact checkers, while pledging support for notorious conspiracy websites such as Infowars. President Trump’s Twitter feed, reaching 87 million, is a sea of misinformation and outright lies. Still, it is important to remember that our leader is a product of our disinformation landscape, and not the cause.”
The exhibition is articulated in three sections: TIMELINE, FALSE CONSPIRACY THEORIES, and MEDIA COMPARISONS. You can view it here.