Benjamin Spatz, photojournalists David Burnett, Alan Chin and Time’s Patrick Witty discuss the POWER OF COLLECTIVE VISION and the history and state of the photojournalism industry at the non-profit Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon, New York. The talk is in conjunction with Alaska Quarterly Review's 'Liberty & Justice' exhibition, a collective tribute by 65 international photojournalists to honor fallen colleagues Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros.
Participating in the disucussion are:
David Burnett, photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images, and member of the Facing Change collective.
Alan Chin, photojournalist and member of Facing Change collective.
Benjamin J Spatz: Alaska Quarterly Review’s Guest Editor and curatorof LIBERTY & JUSTICE (FOR ALL).
Patrick Witty, Time Magazine's International Photo Editor.
Moderated by Stephanie Heimann of Fovea.
This program is presented with the support of an anonymous underwriter. Video by J.P. Pacquing.
DAVID BURNETT has been photographing the world for more than 35 years. He began working as a freelancer for Time and then Life, first in Washington, D.C. and Miami, and later in South Vietnam. In 1976 he co-founded Contact Press Images in New York. Since then, he has traveled extensively, working for most of the major photographic and general-interest magazines in the United States and Europe. He is part of the reporting collective "Facing Change - Documenting America" which is a non-profit comprised of acclaimed photographers producing under-reported aspects of America’s issues to recreate a modern version of the FSA. American Photo has named him one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography."
ALAN CHIN was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Central Asia. Domestically, Alan followed the historic trail of the civil rights movement, documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and covered the 2008 presidential campaign. He is a contributing photographer to Newsweek and The New York Times, editor and photographer at BagNews, and his work is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art. He is also a member of the collective "Facing Change - Documenting America", a non-profit reporting model that aims to create a modern version of the FSA.
BENJAMIN J. SPATZ is an expert on conflict, governance and development, particularly in West Africa. He is a Truman National Security Fellow, a Contributing Editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review and a leading political risk advisor on Liberia. Mr. Spatz has recently been asked to work on the United Nations Panel of Experts on Liberia. His previous experience includes serving as Special Advisor to the Liberian Minister of Internal Affairs, Special Assistant to the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, with a relief organization in Darfur, Sudan, with the United Nations Mission in Liberia and as an international election monitor. As a photographer, his work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographer’s Association. He holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and two B.A.s from the University of Washington. With Alaska Quarterly Review, he was Guest Editor of "Liberty and Justice (for All): A Global Photo Mosaic" and organized this traveling exhibit.
PATRICK WITTY is the international picture editor of TIME. Before joining the magazine in 2010, he led the New York Times’ photographic coverage of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gaza war, the Sichuan earthquake, the Russia-Georgia war and Africa. Patrick was a member of the foreign staff awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for the Times’ coverage of Pakistan and Afghanistan.