Medium & Message: Conflict Photography in the Digital Era

Seminar: 3-4 May 2011; Workshops: 5 May 2011

In the last fifteen years, the digitization and exponential growth of all types of photography on the Internet have had profound effects on this medium of expression. Current debates regarding the nature and potential of photography and the visual document encompass issues of economics, cultural change, technological developments and stylistic innovation and are occurring across many societal sectors.

Our two-day, single track seminar addressed photography in the digital era through a specific focus on documentary photography and photojournalistic representations of conflict. It was followed by one-day, practically-oriented workshops. Both aim to enhance dialogue across a spectrum of interested and involved parties including: photographers and multimedia creators, photo editors and others in media industries, NGO personnel, academics and commentators on such issues.

Paul Lowe/Panos

Seminar discussion panels covered: The Potential of Online Visual Media Forms and Strategies For Online Distribution; Visually Representing Conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq- Affects/Effects Abroad and Within the US ‘Homeland’; Post-Conflict Visualisation and the Role of Visual Journalism in Remembrance and Reconciliation: the Cases of Bosnia and Northern Ireland; Distribution & Display: Curating the Visual On and Off-line; a final round-table discussion of the World Press Photo award winners and key themes/issues in the 2010 selection.

Invited guests included:

  • Prof. Susie Linfield- Director- Cultural Reporting & Criticism program, NYU
  • Prof. Robert Hariman- School of Communication, Northwestern University
  • Stephen Mayes- Managing Director, VII Photo
  • Ashley Gilbertson- VII Network photographer
  • Prof. Julian Stallabrass- Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Ziyah Gafic- VII Network photographer
  • Prof. David Campbell- researcher/consultant/lecturer
  • Dr. Bernadette Buckley- Goldsmiths College
  • Paul Lowe- London College of Communication
  • Dr. Anthony Haughey- Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Edmund Clark- photographer
  • Karen Downey- Senior Curator, Belfast Exposed

Below you will find video recordings of all discussion panels, edited by Caitlin Patrick and Sabina Sirbu.

Panel I: Exploring New Opportunities for Visual Journalism

Introduction and David Campbell- researcher/consultant + questions/discussion

 

Stephen Mayes- Managing Director, VII Photo + questions/discussion


 

Panel II: Northern Ireland: the Politics & Possibilities of Post-Conflict Visualisation

Introduction + Anthony Haughey- DIT

 

Karen Downey- Senior Curator, Belfast Exposed

 

Panel II- Questions & Discussion

 

Panel III: Visual Journalism’s Role in Witnessing & Reconciliation in Bosnia

Paul Lowe- London College of Communication

 

Ziyah Gafic- VII Network photographer

 

Panel III- Questions & Discussion

 

Panel IV: War in Iraq & Afghanistan: Affects/Effects Inside the American ‘Home front’ and Beyond

Robert Hariman- Northwestern University

 

Ashley Gilbertson- VII Network photographer

 

Edmund Clark- photographer

 

Panel IV- Questions & Discussion

 

Panel V: Distribution & Display: Curating the Visual On and Off-line

Susie Linfield- NYU

 

Julian Stallabrass- Courtauld Institute of Art

 

Bernadette Buckley- Goldsmiths

 

Panel V- Questions & Discussion

 

Final Roundtable: World Press Photo 2010- Winners & Trends