Joynes Event: Picturing Crisis: Engaging the Viewer. Intersections in Photography #6
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.