October 20, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up 20th October, 2017

This week Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up is coming from Los Angeles. I'm in the US to conduct research for my PhD on photography and social change. As well as doing interviews, and archival research, there are some amazing exhibitions to see in the City of Angels - Photography in Argentina 1850-2010 and Havana Youth. Plus PDN Photo Plus opens in New York next week Thursday 26th October.


Los Angeles
Photography in Argentina 1850-2010
Contradiction and Continuity

Comprising 300 works from 60 artists, “this exhibition examines crucial periods and aesthetic movements in which photography had a critical role producing - and, at time dismantle - national constructions, utopian visions, and avant-garde artistic trends.”

Casa de Moneda de la series Bruma/The Mint from the series Mist. (C) Santiago Porter. 

Tape Project: Sidewalk 1, 1971 (C) Jamie Davidovich

Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Mothers during their customary march) (C) Eduardo Longoni

Obelisco/Obelisk 1957 (C) Javier Agustin Rojas

El rapt de Guinnard (The Kidnap of Guinnard) (c) Leonel Luna

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Until 28 January 2018 

Los Angeles
Greg Kahn - Havana Youth

American documentary and fine art photographer Greg Kahn's show Havana Youth at the Annenberg Space for Photography reveals complexities of the young people of Cuba as they grapple with their history and the dawn of a new era.

All images (C) Greg Kahn

Until 4 March, 2018
Annenberg Space for Photography

Seminars: New York
PDN Photo Plus Expo

Next week in New York PDN Photo Plus Expo and Conference opens on Thursday. There is an amazing line-up of world-class photographers giving seminars and talks. These caught my eye:
  • Art and Advocacy: Using photography to promote positive change with speakers Clay Cook, Joel Caldwell, Michael Bonocore and Peter Dering
  • Photojournalism Outside the Box with VII featuring Ashley Gilbertson, Chris Morris, Gary Knight and Ron Haviv
  • What Photo Editors Want Right Now with Ahmed Fakher (Rolling Stone), Caroline Smith (Topic), Jacqueline Bates (The California Sunday Magazine) Joanna Milter (The New Yorker) and Toby Kaufman
  • Today’s Women in Photography and Film with Barbara Davidson, Latoya Ruby Frazier, and Sue Bryce.
Conference: October 25-28
Expo: October 26-28 

October 13, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 13th October, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - in recognition of World Mental Health Day which was on Wednesday 11 October, this week's post features a new project designed to put the spotlight on mental health every day of the year - One Day In My World by award-winning photojournalist and activist Robin Hammond.

Special feature:  
One Day In My World - Robin Hammond & Witness Change 

On the landing page of One Day In My World, a new project by Robin Hammond, his activist organisation Witness Change and Handicap International, is a sobering statistic:

"Mental health issues affect 1 out of every 4 of us. For people living in poverty or war-torn countries, without access to a range of support, the impact of the illness is amplified." 

Despite these statistics, globally mental health is underfunded and stigmatised, even more so in countries ravaged by war and in societies crippled by poverty.

In My World combines Hammond's signature portraiture with video, text and sound. It’s a powerful vehicle through which to communicate complex stories, and to hear voices that would not usually be heard. 

Hammond’s objective is to humanise the issue of mental health, break the silence and challenge the stigma. 

Rose Muju (right) and her 15yo daughter Viola Malig who developed mental health problems after contracting malaria (South Sudan). 

One of the most impressive features is that those pictured tell in their own words how they feel and what they are dealing with, which really places these stories on a human level and makes them more accessible and relatable. Being able to tell their own stories also brings dignity as well as hope.

Hammond visited four countries - Togo, Lebanon, Madagascar and South Sudan - for this first instalment of One Day In My World, which is an ongoing project. The website invites visitors to "explore the stories of real people facing mental health challenges. See how they live, her their voices, visit In My World."

Sectioned into chapters - Faith, Suffocation, Isolation and Left Behind - each features powerful black and white photography, information on the situation in each particular country, individual tales, moving image and music.

Images and stories are not just of those suffering from mental health issues, but also carers and healthcare workers. There are also documentary photographs of the environments in which people live and the conditions that contribute to the decline in mental health and wellbeing, delivering deeper insights.

In Faith are stories from the impoverished country of Togo, where more than 80 percent of the population live in abject poverty.

Suffocation takes the reader into the claustrophobic environs of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon where children have little opportunity to just be kids, and the oppression of an uncertain future crushes the spirit.

Isolation features stories of those incarcerated in Madagascar where opportunities for a fair hearing are virtually non-existent and children are housed with adults in overcrowded conditions where those with mental health issues are at grave risk.

And Left Behind tells stories of those living with mental health issues in conflict-ravaged South Sudan where are are few services or support mechanisms available. 

There is also the opportunity to add your voice to the conversation on the Take Action page which invites those with mental health issues to share their story, and also encourages those who can to make a donation.

The campaign was launched this month by Hammond’s Witness Change and Handicap International, who provided Hammond with access to four communities, but did not have editorial control over the images. To find out more visit One Day In My World

October 06, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 6th October, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - Yemen's war has received very little attention from the west's media, yet millions are displaced and dying, many of them children. British photojournalist Giles Clarke recently traveled there and this week Photojournalism Now features some of his pictures and an excerpt from his story published in medium.com

I met Giles at Head On Photo Festival last year. He is one of the most committed, and humble, photojournalists and is deeply connected to the stories he covers. Please share this with your social networks as it is an important story that needs telling.

Giles Clarke - Yemen's Humanitarian Disaster

Six year old Batool, in the Stage 5 severe malnutrition ward (the worst and most life-threatening stage) in Sa’ada City, 23 April 2017.

Giles Clarke: "Batool’s family lives in a village near the Saudi border, in the northern part of Yemen. The entire family has taken to sleeping in makeshift foxholes in the desert to hide from the air strikes. When I met her, Batool had a pouch around her arm — a local potion that is wrapped in small bags and put on children’s arms to ward off the snakes and scorpions that come into the foxholes overnight.

The doctor explained that the hospital recently lost its main funding source and Government funds dried up months ago. It was a desperately sad situation for everyone there: Batool, her mother, the other children and their families, and the staff. Batool initially recovered from malnutrition with treatment, but she later died of acute watery diarrhoea. This news hits hard, and is yet a tragic example of the multiple risks facing Yemenis as a result of the conflict."

Abs IDP settlement, 6 May 2017

Above: A sandstorm approaches as residents of the Abs settlement for displaced persons collect water. 
Water is heavily rationed and only available during one-hour windows, three times a day.

Even in the midst of destruction life goes on. 



Garbage piles up on the streets of Sana'a Old City 7 May, 2017

"My last day in Yemen was spent in Sana’a’s Al-Joumhouri Hospital, where the staff were frantically planning for the new cholera cases that had started flooding in. There were new suspected cases on gurneys in the corridors, while more urgent patients were being wheeled into already packed wards. We were shown the medical supply room in the basement, where a wall of boxes of saline and crates of bed covers were being ripped open for immediate use. Unbeknownst to me, this was the beginning of the largest global cholera outbreak in recent history."

(pictures above Sana’a’s Al-Joumhouri Hospital)

All images (C) Giles Clarke

To read the full story and see more images see medium.com

Giles Clarke is a Getty Images Reportage photographer who focuses on conflict aftermath and international humanitarian issues. To find out more about his work, click here

September 29, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 29th September, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - the plight of the Rohingya with Anastasia Taylor-Lind in Bangladesh, Milton Rogovin's The Forgotten Ones, plus the Australian Photobook Awards are now open for entries and get your photobook reviewed in Sydney.

What's really happening to the Rohingya

Photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind is in Bangladesh working with Human Rights Watch right now covering the heartbreaking story of the Rohingya. I saw one of her photos last week, a portrait of a young woman, Hasina, who shared her horrific story. It made me cold with fury and sick from the inconceivable cruelty. I wanted to share this story with you, and a link to an Op Ed in the Washington Post - The Burmese military is committing crimes against humanity - penned by Human Rights Watch's Peter Bouckaert. This is genocide and the world needs to know what is going on. Get the story out. Please share.

(C) Anastasia Taylor-Lind

This is from Anastasia's post: "Hasina (above) is a soft-spoken 20-year-old Rohingya woman from Rakhine State in Burma. She asked us to use her picture and tell her story so the world knows what is happening there.

Her village, Tula Toli, was attacked in late August by the Burmese army on a rampage of killing and arson after Rohingya militants carried out coordinated strikes on police posts. The villagers ran when the soldiers came, but some were trapped on a river bank. Dozens, Hasina said, were murdered on the beach in front of her eyes, but the nightmare was only beginning.

The army forced Hasina and many other women to stand waist-deep in water and watch while soldiers dug a pit to burn the bodies of those they had killed. She tried to hide her infant daughter under her shawl, but a soldier noticed the baby, snatched her away and tossed her into the fire.
Hours later the soldiers took Hasina, her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and three other relatives, all children, to a nearby house. The soldiers tried to rape the women, knifing the mother-in-law to death when she resisted and beating Hasina and her sister-in-law unconscious. They beat the young children to death with spades.

When Hasina regained consciousness, she found herself inside the house. It was on fire, and she had been left locked inside by the soldiers. Her sister-in-law was alive, too. They managed to escape the flames, but with serious burns. Badly injured, they somehow made their way to Bangladesh. Both still have burn injuries. Hasina’s sister-in-law, who confirmed this horrible incident, showed us a big gash on the back of her head from when she had been beaten unconscious, and that a doctor had stitched.
Hasina insisted we take her picture and show her face to the world. For her, it is a brave act of defiance to those who sought to eliminate her and her family. Investigation by Peter N. Bouckaert and photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind for a Human Rights Watch."

Photo Essay:
Milton Rogovin - The Forgotten Ones

In the course of researching for my PhD I come across various photographers who from time to time I will feature on Photojournalism Now. This week it's the work of American photographer Milton Rogovin, who passed away in 2011 just after his 101st birthday.

Over four decades, from 1970 to 2000, Rogovin documented the Lower West Side of Buffalo, New York, the city’s poorest area where he took portraits of those doing it tough. In his book The Forgotten Ones, Rogovin said, “Maybe my photos will encourage people to pay attention to these forgotten ones. That’s essentially why I’m doing it: we should pay attention to them and respect them. And to this extent, we (he and his wife Anne pictured below) feel that our photographs are successful”. 

Rogovin began his photography career in earnest at the age of 63. Prior to that he’d had a successful business as an optometrist, before he was accused of being a communist in the McCarthy era and called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1957. With his career as an optometrist in tatters, Rogovin picked up his camera and in 1958 he began photographing stories of social injustice. He earned a Master of Fine Arts and taught documentary photography at the University of Buffalo until 1974.

Throughout his photographic career he concentrated on the poor, believing that no one saw the “potential” he saw. Here are some of his images. 

Australian Photobook Awards and Reviews

Moments Pro, who sponsors the annual Australian and New Zealand Photobook Awards, is hosting a photobook review session at the Volume Another Art Book Fair in Sydney Saturday 14 October from 11am to 2pm. 

There are only 8 spots available. Reviewers include Kirsten Abbott from Thames & Hudson, award-winning photojournalist and artist Stephen Dupont, Diana Hill from Murdoch Books, documentary photography Lee Grant, Daniel Boetker-Smith form the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive and Ben Chadbond from Try Hard Editions. 

If you’re keen to have your book reviewed, you can sign up here.

Enter now for the Australian Photobook Awards.  Entries close 30 November.

September 22, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 22nd September, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - the Indian Photography Festival opens in Hyderabad and locally Press Dynasty opens at Magnet Galleries Melbourne.

Indian Photography Festival - Hyderabad

(C) Kate Geraghty

The third edition of the Indian Photography Festival (IPF) opened yesterday. I had the pleasure of playing a small role in the curation of IPF by participating in the selection of the open call entries. I enjoyed the opportunity to view work by many photographers I didn't know, surely one of the greatest attractions of festivals like this.

This year the program boasts more than 520 photographers from 40 countries showcasing a diverse range of work. It's great to see Australian photojournalist Kate Geraghty's work on the drug war in the Philippines (above) as one of the major exhibitions. Other photographers participating in various capacities (workshops, artist talks and presentations) include Natan Dvir, Andrea Bruce, Reza Deghati, Stuart Franklin, Sudharak Olwe, Q Sakamaki, Cecilia Paredes, Prashant Godbole, Manoj Jadhav and Gurinder Osan.

Plus there is a host of lesser known photographers from which selected works are featured here:

Helena Schätzle - Dharavi, Mumbai

Telaj Mewar
Indian Brick Workers

Camillo Pasquarelli - The Endless Winter of Kashmir
Student award of excellence, 2017 Alexia Foundation

Sabine Hartert - Absences

The IPF runs until 8 October. To find out more visit the festival website

Exhibition: Melbourne
Bruce & Cliff Postle - Press Dynasty

I don't know how many father and son press photographers there have been, but in Australia the Postle name has been synonymous with newspapers since the 1920s when Cliff Postle was shooting for the Brisbane Courier-Mail. His son Bruce followed in his father's footsteps, first with the Courier-Mail before making the move to Melbourne and carving a name for himself at The Age. 

This retrospective at Melbourne's Magnet Galleries brings together a selection of images never exhibited together, presenting a fascinating walk down memory lane for many, as well as insights into our recent history.

Until 14 October
Magnet Galleries Melbourne
Level 2
640 Bourke Street