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Public Program - NYC
Photojournalism Today

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

Photojournalists and their professional advocates come together for a wide-ranging discussion on the critical issues faced by photographers in the coverage of war and other conflicts.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP Here.

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Join us for a conversation on the challenges and ethics of frontline (or conflict) photojournalism. Contributors Maria Salazar-Ferro, Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Journalist Assistance Program and the Campaign Against Impunity, Noelle Flores Théard, Programs Manager at the Magnum Foundation, Scout Tufankjian, photojournalist and author, Natalie Keyssar, documentary photographer, and Mari Bastashevski, artist, writer, and researcher, will explore questions of the ethical responsibilities of photojournalists who choose to cover conflict; how photojournalists can protect themselves in risky environments; what it means to be a female photojournalist working today; and the risks involved in producing meaningful institutional critique.

Maria Salazar-Ferro became director of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Emergencies Department in October 2016. She oversees CPJ's assistance and safety work worldwide. She joined CPJ in 2005, and has served as coordinator for the Journalist Assistance Program and the Global Campaign Against Impunity, and as senior research associate for the Americas program. Salazar-Ferro has spearheaded international coalitions to support journalists in distress in East Africa and in Syria. She has written about exiled, missing, and murdered journalists. She has represented CPJ on missions to Mexico, Kenya, Turkey and the Philippines, among others, and served on the IFEX counsel from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining CPJ, Salazar-Ferro worked as a researcher for the United Nations Fund for Population Aid and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and as an associate reporter for Inter-Press Services in New York. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from Los Andes University in Bogotá.

Noelle Flores Théard is Programs Manager at the Magnum Foundation, a nonprofit that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in African Diaspora Studies from Florida International University, and an MFA in Photography from Parsons. She worked for many years as a freelance photographer for the Miami Herald and is a cofounder of FotoKonbit, a non-profit that teaches photography in Haiti in order to provide Haitians with training and opportunities to tell their own stories through photography.

Scout Tufankjian is best known for her work documenting the Barack Obama campaigns. The Armenian-American photographer Scout Tufankjian has spent the bulk of her career working in the Middle East, including four years working in the Gaza Strip and extensive time in Egypt documenting the Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath. Her book on the 2007-2008 Obama campaign, Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History-Making Presidential Campaign, was published in December of 2008 and was a New York Times and LA Times bestseller, selling out its first run of 55,000 copies a month before its release. In the summer of 2012, she returned to the campaign trail as a photographer for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is interested in class inequality, youth culture, and the personal effects of political turmoil and violence, primarily in the US and Latin America. She has a BFA in Painting and Illustration from The Pratt Institute. Keyssar has contributed to publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and California Sunday Magazine and been awarded by organizations including the Philip Jones Griffith Award (Finalist 2017), The Aaron Siskind Foundation, PDN 30, Magenta Flash Forward, and American Photography. She has taught New Media at the International Center of Photography in New York and has instructed at various workshops across the US and Latin America with organizations such as Foundry, Women Photograph, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the IWMF, and International Photography Festival of Puebla, Mexico. She is a Pulitzer Center Grantee, a long-term fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation Latin America program, and the winner of the 2018 ICP Infinity Emerging Photographer Award.

Mari Bastashevski is an artist, writer, researcher, and visiting fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale and Data & Society Foundation. Her work--usually a result of extensive online and field investigations--samples information photographs and texts and explores the role an image plays in sustaining state-corporate power. She has previously exhibited with Musée de l’Elysée, HKW Berlin, Art Souterrain, Noorderlicht, the Open Society Foundations, and East Wing, and published her work with Prix Pictet, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Courrier International, Le Monde, IBTimes, and VICE amongst others.

The panel will be moderated by exhibition curator Rola Khayyat.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
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