Photographer Presentations


Presentation 1: “Journeys Near & Far” — Ed Kashi Moderated by Ron Haviv

Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi

Thursday, May 9th: 12:00 - 12:50

In the course of my 40-year relationship with photography, my cameras have captured life in my own home and across the globe in more than 100 countries. The stories I’ve been able to tell reflect my own passions and interests, but also reveal the magic of a photographic life. While my visual approaches and the formats I’ve explore have morphed and changed over the years, making me a true hybrid visual artist; using stills, video, social media, multimedia, writing, books, exhibitions, films and public presentations to express myself, the heart of my work emanates from the images I have made. The magic of photography is its ability to take us to places very near, sometimes to close for comfort, and as far as the imagination can go. I have used my opportunities to try and tell stories of social and geopolitical significance, always striving for intimacy and dignity, to illuminate and create empathy.

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator based in the USA dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. A member of the VII Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. Kashi co-founded the non-profit company TALKING EYES MEDIA with his wife, writer and filmmaker Julie Winokur, that has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books & multimedia pieces exploring significant social issues.


Presentation 2: “The Evolution of Seamus Murphy” — Seamus Murphy moderated by Gary Knight

Seamus Murphy

Seamus Murphy

Thursday, May 9th: 15:00 - 15:45

Seamus's discusses his transition from photojournalism and lyrical documentary, then walking into the unknown as a music video maker for PJ Harvey's iconic 'Let England Shake'. He then made a feature length documentary film.

Seamus Murphy grew up in Ireland and is based in London, England. He is the author of four books including a chronicle of Afghanistan’s extraordinary recent history, a rare glimpse into the lives of Afghan women through their anonymous Landay poetry, a collaboration with musician PJ Harvey, and an immediate and personal portrait of Ireland.


Presentation 3: “Beyond Walls and Bamboo Curtains: The Forbidden Journeys of Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz”

Thursday, May 9th: 17:00 - 17:45

Daniel Schwartz studied at Art School in Zurich, started photographing in his homeland, then Greece and ultimately vast and ambitious projects as he migrated east following a journey inspired by his family. Philip Blenkinsop was raised in Australia and started work as a photojournalist at an Australian Newspaper. He left the safety of a staff job and migrated north to Asia where he met Daniel in 1992. Their careers and lives have intersected in Asia for the last 25 years. They will discuss their differing but empathic photography of the region.

Philip Blenkinsop

Philip Blenkinsop

Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz

Anglo-Australian photographer Philip Blenkinsop believes: “To photograph rage, I must feel that rage. To photograph loss, I must try to feel the weight of that loss as if it were my own to bear.” Blenkinsop has lived and worked in SE Asia for decades and is now based in France. He was a member of l’Agence VU from 1997 to 2007, and was one of the founding members of the prestigious Noor Photo Agency.

Daniel Schwartz graduated from Zurich School of Arts and Craft (now Zurich University of the Arts) in 1980. He concentrates on book projects, with exhibitions, based on extensive travels, photographic essays, and reportages covering the Eastern Hemisphere from Iran to East Timor, from Turkmenistan to Bangladesh. Schwartz’s art is documentary; it is in the history of places. His journalism is not a reaction to events; it builds on memory. His method is best expressed in “Travelling through the Eye of History” (published, in 2009, like all his books by Thames & Hudson), a pre- and post-9/11 observation covering Central Asia including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir.



Presentation 6: “Exploring Identity through Photography” — Tomas Van Houtryve, Danny Wilcox Frazier and Seamus Murphy

Saturday, May 11th: 11:15 - 12:15

Photographers Tomas Van Houtryve, Danny Wilcox Frazier and Seamus Murphy discuss the different ways they have explored and represented communities along the Mexican/US Border, the US Midwest, Ireland, the UK and Russia.

Tomas van Houtryve is an artist, photographer and author who engages critical issues around the world. His major works interweave contemporary concepts, investigative journalism and metaphor, occupying the intersection between art and pure documentary. Many of his projects push the technical limits of photography, from 19th century chemical processes to thermal imaging and Augmented Reality. Based in France, van Houtryve has worked extensively in the USA and Belgium.

Documentary photographer and filmmaker Danny Wilcox Frazier focuses his work on marginalized communities both in and outside of the United States. Frazier has photographed people struggling to survive the economic shift that has devastated rural communities throughout America, including in his home state of Iowa. His work acknowledges isolation and neglect while also celebrating perseverance and strength.

Seamus Murphy grew up in Ireland and is based in London, England. He is the author of four books including a chronicle of Afghanistan’s extraordinary recent history, a rare glimpse into the lives of Afghan women through their anonymous Landay poetry, a collaboration with musician PJ Harvey, and an immediate and personal portrait of Ireland.

Tomas Van Houtryve

Tomas Van Houtryve

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Danny Wilcox Frazier

Seamus Murphy

Seamus Murphy


Presentation 5: “Navigating the Moral Maze” — Nichole Sobecki, Maciek Nabrdalik, and Ashley Gilbertson

Friday, May 10th: 17:00 - 17:45

Nichole Sobecki, Maciek Nabrdalik, and Ashley Gilbertson show their own work and use it to discuss the moral and ethical dilemmas of photographing migration from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe

Nichole Sobecki is an American photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a contributor to Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, and an attempt to showcase the moments missing from dramatic news images —everyday life that is neither idealized nor debased. Nichole aims to create photographs and films that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity.

Maciek Nabrdalik is a Warsaw-based documentary photographer with a primary focus on sociological changes in Eastern Europe. Nabrdalik’s project on German Nazi camp survivors worldwide was published as the book, called The Irreversible in 2013. His second book, Homesick, summarizes his long-term project chronicling the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2016/2017 and his work has been exhibited and published internationally.

Ashley Gilbertson is an Australian photographer and writer living in New York City widely recognized for his critical eye and unique approaches to social issues. Early on, Gilbertson’s work focused on refugees, an interest that in 2002, led him to Iraq. After Iraq, Gilbertson shifted his focus to veterans’ issues, drawing attention to post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and traumatic brain injuries. Since 2014, Gilbertson has been examining global migration, with an emphasis on the arrival and integration of refugees in Europe and the root causes for migration from Africa.

Nichole Sobecki

Nichole Sobecki

Maciek Nabrdalik

Maciek Nabrdalik

Ashley Gilbertson

Ashley Gilbertson


Presentation 4: “Post-Conflict Photography” — Ziyah Gafic and Sara Terry, Moderated by Paul Lowe

Friday, May 10th: 14:00 - 15:00

Ziyah Gafic is an award-winning photojournalist and videographer based in Sarajevo, Bosnia focusing on societies locked in a perpetual cycle of violence and Muslim communities around the world. He has covered major stories in over 50 countries and authored several monographs.

Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker based in the USA known for her work covering post-conflict stories, and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow for her long-term project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” Terry became a photographer and filmmaker after a long, award-winning career in print and public radio. She is working on her third documentary, “That’s How We Roll,” about mobile home parks and the affordable housing crisis.

 
Ziyah Gafic

Ziyah Gafic

Sara Terry

Sara Terry

 

Presentation 7: “Career Retrospective” — Christopher Morris moderated by Stefano De Luigi

Saturday, May 11th: 17:00 - 17:45

Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris's career is one of the most diverse and accomplished of any generation. He is a legendary photographer of war, greatly admired by his contemporaries. He went on to create a new language of political photography while photographing the White House for Time Magazine during the Presidency of George W Bush, and has now embarked on a new journey in art, fiction and fashion.


Christopher Morris was born in California in 1958 and began his career as a documentary conflict photographer working almost exclusively for TIME Magazine, where he has been on contract since 1990. He has been credited with redefining political coverage in America during his years working at the White House for TIME Magazine from 2000 till 2009. Simultaneously to his career as a photojournalist, Morris has expanded his work into the fashion world. Morris is a founding member of VII Agency based in New York.