Photography has always had a special role in shaping the visual narratives that help us make sense of our world. Not only do we record, share and understand life through images, but these images also galvanize individuals to act. While the impulse for visual storytelling is as old as humanity itself, the tools, storytellers and mechanisms for sharing visual stories are now dramatically different. More than ever, photography has the power to transcend barriers, spark dialogue and promote understanding. But who is telling these stories today, and how can we take action to enable people to tell their own stories, widening the lens of storytellers everywhere? Three extraordinary leaders in photography will discuss their groundbreaking approaches to using the most powerful communications tools of our time, concurrently creating provocative work on their own and exposing diverse artists to opportunities to amplify their visual voices. Join us for a dynamic conversation about the exciting possibilities of a more nuanced and inclusive photographic lens to create a broader societal impact.
We are deeply saddened that Shahidul Alam was not able to join us and remain hopeful for his safe release from imprisonment in Bangladesh. His arrest stands as an assault on freedom of speech — a human right that is imperative for peace, safety, and the advance of communities worldwide. Find out how you can help here: amnesty.org.uk/actions/free-shahidul-alam
2018 CatchLight Fellow Aida Muluneh
New York Times Photo Editor & Co-Founder of Diversify Photo Brent Lewis
Moderated by James Estrin, Co-Editor of New York Times Lens Blog
Produced by CatchLight & Inforum at the Commonwealth Club
Event held Friday, November 2, 2018 in San Francisco, CA