: Live stream registratie - Zondag 29 november 2015 before the break
Under the influence of ever-advancing technological developments, documentary photography, especially photojournalism, has changed enormously over the past decade. More than the digitalization of the medium, the use of social media has produced a dynamism that has completely undermined and transformed traditional ways of dealing with images. Everyone can now make, distribute, forward, use, adjust and comment upon images. The result is not just that we now need to relate to a barely conceivable quantity of material but that it is increasingly difficult to determine how we should understand all these images. Are we at all able to decide who created a particular image and why, what the circumstances were in which a photo was made, who distributed the image, with what intentions and through which channels? Or to find out what journey an image has made before we finally get to see it? In short, do we still know what we are looking at?
A sustained critical attitude to media and the questioning of both the players and the playing field is more essential than ever if we are to achieve an appropriate stance towards today’s world. In the afternoon of 29 November, Foam, World Press Photo Foundation and De Balie will present a program with a number of gatekeepers - artists, journalists, editors, activists and idealists - who are important in determining which images of an event we get to see, and how. Therefore the focus will not in the first instance be on the image itself, but on the ‘messengers’ behind them with their new strategies in visual storytelling.
The opening of this afternoon will be in the hands of Marcel Feil, Artistic Director of Foam. Next, Bjarke Myrthu, co-founder of Storyfriend and Magnum in Motion, recites a spoken column. The first roundtable conversation with Thomas Kuijpers (visual artist), Benjamin Chesterton (co-founder and production manager of Duckrabbit) and Evert Hermans (fotoredacteur NRC) will deal with the question what kind of responsibility editors have in our today's society dominated by images: how can they raise awareness on the current dynamics between reality and its representation by images and how can they manage to interest an image-weary readership in issues that urgently concern society?
The Artist Talk will be held by Susan Meiselas (fotojournalist/artiest, voorzitter Magnum Foundation) and Lars Boering (directeur World Press Photo Foundation) and finally the second roundtable conversation closes the afternoon. Pierre Terdjman (#Dysturb), Bas Vroege (Paradox), Donald Weber (fotograaf) en Clément Saccomani (NOOR Images) will discuss the strategies in disseminating images: how can visual storytelling engage the audience and how can images have a meaningful visual impact?
The language of this programme is English.