Joynes Event: Picturing Crisis: Engaging the Viewer. Intersections in Photography #6
7:00 pm :: Thursday, April 5, 2012 :: Joynes Reading Room :: Free & open to the public
Posted: February 28, 2012
PHOTO CREDITS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: MIMI CHAKAROVA, SCOTT DALTON, STEPHEN FERRY
Has the proliferation of images of violence and suffering desensitized or overwhelmed us? Do we consume images of suffering with mere intrigue, or with empathy?
Three innovative photographers—Mimi Chakarova, Stephen Ferry and Scott Dalton—will discuss their work and their strategies to engage the viewer in a conversation about the crises of our times.
Intersections in Photography No. 6 Picturing Crisis: Engaging the Viewer
Has the proliferation of images of violence and suffering desensitized or overwhelmed us? Do we consume images of suffering with mere intrigue, or with empathy? Three innovative photographers who work across different visual platforms addressing issues of violation and human rights discuss their work and their strategies to engage the viewer in a conversation about crises of our times.
Mimi Chakarova is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose searing investigative multi-platform documentary project, The Price of Sex, breaks new ground exploring the horrors of sex trafficking and the struggles of women rebuilding their lives in the aftermath. Chakarova’s film is currently debuting at international film festivals. She teaches photography in the Journalism School at the University of California, Berkeley.
Stephen Ferry has received numerous awards for his photography, most recently the first memorial Tim Heatherington Award from Human Rights Watch for his project Violontology, a Manual of the Colombia Conflict. Ferry has created a critical historical record about human rights in Colombia over the last decade. He uses innovative approaches to disseminate the work not only to a global audience but also within the community he documents.
Scott Dalton is an award-winning photographer who made the transition to filmmaking with his documentary about paramilitary violence in Colombia—La Sierra, broadcast on PBS Independent Lens. Dalton has exhibited work at the Houston Center for Photography. He is photographing in medium format for his current project about Ciudad Juarez, “So Close, So Far,” which won the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography in 2011. He is an alumnus of the UT photojournalism program.
This event is free and open to the public.
The Joynes Reading Room is accessible through the east (courtyard) side of the Carothers building at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the UT Austin campus. Paid public parking is available in the garage at the corner of San Antonio Street and 25th Street, about two blocks away.
Sponsored by: The Austin Center for Photography, The Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in the Plan II Honors Program
and the L.L. and Ethel E. Dean Endowment in the School of Undergraduate Studies