Welcome to the final Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up for 2021. This week we look back on the year that was and some of the stories we covered.
Next year we will be back on 28 January. 2022 heralds the 10th anniversary of Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up, a labour of love that is read by folks around the world.
2021 has been a challenging year for many, and as we continue to learn to live with Covid, grapple with complex issues around democracy and liberty, and the climate crisis, photography plays an integral role in helping us to not only understand our world, but take positive action to secure our collective future.
Wishing all Photojournalism Now readers a safe and happy festive period, whatever that looks like for you. Alison Stieven-Taylor
2021 in Review – Some of the stories we covered
In February Tom Goldner released his new book Do Brumbies Dream in Red? and the exhibition, It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, a survey covering 40 years of Australian documentary photographer Ruth Maddison’s practice, opened in Melbourne.
In March Michael Grecco released his latest book Punk Post Punk New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978-1991 and we published Alison Stieven-Taylor’s interview with legendary US photojournalist Steve Schapiro.
In April Mads Nissen won World Press Photo of the Year for The First Embrace which captures Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) being embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at Viva Bem care home, São Paulo, Brazil, on 5 August 2020, and Mayu Kanamori launched Untitled.Showa an online portal “for solving a mystery and making new meanings through found photographs.”
In May we shared Alison Stieven-Taylor’s interview with Takeshi Ishikawa who assisted Eugene Smith on his Minamata project, we also celebrated renowned Sydney photographer Emmanuel Angelicas’ devotion to documenting his suburb of Marrickville, and shared our review of the book Women Street Photographers which revealed one of our favourite images for the year.
In June Robin Hammond and Witness Change’s latest and most ambitious project, 1000 Dreams launched, and we reviewed the winner of the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award Red Flag by the collective Covid Latam which documents the progress of Covid-19 across Latin America.
In July we published Alison Stieven-Taylor’s review of Imagine: Reflections on Peace, an extraordinary book that in pictures and words attempts to answer one of the most complex questions in the history of humanity: “why is it so difficult to make a good peace when it is so easy to imagine?” We also shared Alison’s review of the Olive Cotton biography and published one of the most bizarre and disturbing images of the year from Gabriele Galimberti’s The Ameriguns.
In August we showcased six visual stories commissioned in the first round of the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative a joint project involving World Press Photo Foundation, the Message in a Photo Foundation, and the Solutions Journalism Network. Over two weeks, we also previewed the 33rd edition of Visa pour l’Image the longest running photojournalism festival in the world.
In September New York festival Photoville turned 10, we shared a photo essay by Ashfika Rahman a Bangladeshi documentary photographer on adolescent mothers in Kamrangirchar, a district of Dhaka, and featured a new short film Living While Black, In Japan by Shiho Fukada (filmmaker and photojournalist) and Keith Bedford (filmmaker and photo editor).
In October in the lead to COP26 in Glasgow we revisited David T. Hanson’s Waste Land, an epic book that documents the “superfund” sites in the United States, those considered the most contaminated, poisoned by military and industrial waste. Sites where the toxicity levels threaten life. We also took a look at Ron Haviv’s exhibition Liberty that showcased images never before seen from the Bosnian War and featured the finalists in the 2021 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism.
In November Head On Photo festival opened in Sydney. One of the exhibitions featured in our preview was Angus Mordant’s The Mourning Undertaker. We also showcased the winners of the Head On Photo Awards, and the work of 2021 Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner Venezuelan photographer Ana María Arévalo Gosen.
You can see all the stories we’ve covered by clicking on HOME and selecting a date. Subscribe (it’s free) and get Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up in your inbox every…Friday.
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this blog. The featured image on this week’s post is by Vincent Munier: Mating dance of the Japanese red-crowned crane (“tancho”). Hokkaido, Japan.