Seth Scott, Jason P. Howe, Nektarios Markogiannis, Thomas Hengge, Evi Katsigiannis, Daniela Rivera Antara, Irina Unruh, Diego Radames, Nils Wenzler, Abhijeet Gurjar, Javier Fergo, Arkaitz Saiz, Patrick Rayncraft. Seated Svetlana Bachevanova and David Stuart. Finbarr O'Reilly is taking the picture.
THE 2021 WORKSHOP
SEPTEMBER, 2021, FRANCE
The FotoEvidence Workshop is designed to educate photographers who work for humanitarian missions and NGOs and whose photographs are intended to serve both to support the work of the NGOs and as evidence of injustice or human rights violations.
The goal of the workshop is to provide photographers with the skill to undertake challenging assignments and to ensure photographers have a clear understanding of ethical guidelines and can be hired with confidence by NGOs.
The workshop is organized by the FotoEvidence Foundation with the participation of award-winning photojournalist, author and board member Finbarr O’Reilly and Peter Bouckaert, former emergency director of Human Rights Watch. Other mentors include:
SMITA SHARMA(v) GILES DULEY, ANDREA STAR REESE, MARY F. CALVERT, PETER BOUCKAERT, NIKOLE TUNG (v) RODRIGO ABD (v) FINBARR O’REILLY, DANIEL ETTER AND ANUSH BABAJANYAN (v) JASON P HOWE
WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN
• Defining human rights and how photographs can serve as reliable evidence of human rights violations.
• Ethical standards for documentary photography
• Preparation for the work: including research about the issue addressed, the local culture, points of access and local organizations.
• Executing a project to raise social awareness, identifying potential publications and advocacy organizations to distribute and increase potential impact.
• How to protect those you are documenting/interviewing from further harm, whether emotional safety or physical security during and after your reporting
• Editing for maximum impact
• Dealing with stress and post-traumatic stress.
• Assignment Planning and Safety in the Field. (with Jason P. Howe)
2021 MENTORS BIOS:
FINBARR R'REILLY is the 2020 Laureate of the Prix Carmignac and the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize exhibition photographer. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times. He won the First Place Portraits category at the 2019 World Press Photo Awards for his photograph of Senegalese fashion and earned the premier World Press Photo of the Year in 2006 for his image of a mother and child in Niger.
Finbarr O’Reilly is the co-author of Shooting Ghosts.
PETER BOUCKAERT is a human rights activist, lawyer and philanthropist. He is currently a board member of the FotoEvidence Foundation. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Bouckaert served for 20 years as Emergencies Director for Human Rights Watch, during which time he worked extensively with photojournalists to document war crimes and violations of human rights.
MARY F. CALVERT
Mary F. Calvert is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on underreported and neglected gender-based, human rights issues.
For the past eight years, Calvert has been focusing her journalistic attention on the relegation and abuse of women and men in the U.S. armed forces. This work made her a finalist in Feature Photography in the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes and has won numerous honors, including the World Press Photo Contest award and the Cliff Edom "New America Award." The work has been supported by grants from Getty Images, the Alexia Foundation, and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Calvert was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award twice and is a 2017-2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.
DANIEL ETTER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, feature writer and film maker currently based in Berlin, Germany. He is a graduate of the German School of Journalism, holds a master’s degree in political science, a university diploma in journalism and is a recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.
His photography has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Spiegel, GEO and in publications of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch amongst many others.
For his photography he was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize, the John Faber Award of the Overseas Press Club of America and received a third place at the World Press Photo and a Honorable Mention at Pictures of The Year International. His photo from the Gezi Park Protests in Istanbul was chosen as one of the best photos of 2013 by TIME Magazine and The New York Times.
His writing has appeared in several major German publications such as GEO, Brand Eins, Capital, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Financial Times Germany, Zeit, Neon and various others. For his written stories he has received the Axel-Springer-Award and the Hans-Buchrucker-Award. He won the Hansel-Mieth-Award for writing and photography in unison.
Giles Duley is a documentary photographer and writer, born in 1971 in London. His work focuses on the long-term humanitarian impact of conflict.
In 2004 Duley changed his focus to documentary work, partnering with well-respected charities such as HI (Humanity and Inclusion), EMERGENCY, Save the Children and UNHCR to highlight lesser-known stories deserving of public attention and action. Although documenting challenging, and at times, horrific situations, Giles captures the strength of those who fight adversity rather than succumb. His photographs draw the viewer to the subject, creating intimacy and empathy for lives differing from ours only in circumstance.
In 2015 he started his Legacy of War project, which looks to explore common themes of conflict. A core part of the project is collaborations with other artists and writers to reach a wider audience. These collaborations have included the musicians Massive Attack and PJ Harvey.
In 2011, whilst working in Afghanistan, Duley was severely injured by an IED. As a result of his injuries, he is a triple-amputee. In 2012 he returned to Afghanistan to continue his work as a photographer.
Duley is also CEO and Founder of the NGO Legacy of War Foundation and is a campaigner for the rights of both refugees and those living with disability caused by conflict.
In 2019 he was awarded the prestigious Amnesty Media Award for Photojournalism.
NICOLE TUNG (Virtual)
Nicole Tung is a freelance photojournalist, born in Hong Kong. She graduated from New York University in 2009, and freelances for international publications and NGOs, primarily covering the Middle East region. After covering the conflicts in Libya and Syria extensively from 2011, focusing on the plight of civilians, she went on to document the lives of Native American war veterans in the U.S., as well as former child soldiers in the DR Congo, the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and the
refugee crisis in Europe, and the rising violence against women in Turkey with the support of a grant from the IWMF.
Most recently, she has turned her focus to the protests in her native Hong Kong, while working on a project about youth in the Middle East region, and to documenting the aftermath of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Her work often explores those most affected by conflict and the consequences of war.
She is based in Istanbul, Turkey.
RODRIGO ABD (Virtual)
Rodrigo Abd was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 27, 1976. His career began as a staff photographer at La Razón and La Nación newspapers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press based in Guatemala, except for 2006, when he was based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rodrigo has worked on AP special assignments covering the political turmoil in Bolivia in 2003 and Haiti in 2004. He also covered Venezuela’s presidential elections in 2007 and 2012, and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. In 2010, he has twice been embedded with US troops in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan. In 2011 he covered the political conflict in Lybia. In 2012 he covered the Syrian armed conflict.
Abd, along with fellow AP photographers, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra, and Muhammed Muheisen, were awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photograph for his gripping work covering the Syrian civil war.
JASON P HOWE (b. England 1971) is an established photographer who currently lives, works and plays in the mountains of Andalusia, Spain.
Jason has worked extensively in Latin America, the Middle East and Central Asia, he has also fulfilled assignments in SE Asia, Africa and the Far East.
Concentrating largely on documenting conflicts he has been trusted by many of the industry's leading and most widely respected publications including The New York Times, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph and Rolling Stone to shoot hard news and feature assignments in some of the world's most troubled regions.
Assignments and personal projects have taken him from rebel camps in the jungles of Colombia to the yurts of nomadic communities on the high plateaus of the Pamir mountain range and from the front lines of battle in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan to the inner sanctums of world leaders.
His images have been published widely in daily newspapers in the UK, US and Europe and have appeared in magazines such as TIME, Newsweek, Le Figaro, Esquire and GQ.
His work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows internationally and shown in festival screenings around the world.
In addition to his photojournalistic work Jason has undertaken large scale commercial projects for tour operators and logistics and telecom companies in countries as diverse as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe as well as shooting assignments for NGO's and wildlife conservation organisations.
In 2008 he published his first long term project as the book COLOMBIA: Between the Lines.
At this time Jason is working on a multi year project entitled CAMPO : An exploration of life with the livestock herders of rural Andalusia.
ANUSH BABAJANYAN is a member of VII Photo Agency, living in Yerevan, Armenia. Anush focuses her work on social narratives related to women and children, the environment and the aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, among others. In addition to working extensively in the Caucasus, she also continues to photo-graph in Central Asia and around the world.
Anush Babajanyan is currently working on an environment related project in Central Asia, supported by the National Geographic Society. She is also working on the publication of a second book for the #BridgingStories project she co-founded, that brought together young photographers from Turkey and Armenia.
Her photography has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, she has worked with UNICEF and various other interna-tional publications.
Anush Babajanyan is the winner of the 2019 Canon Female Photojournalist Grant.
SMITA SHARMA is a photojournalist based in Delhi who has documented gender issues, sexual crimes and human trafficking in the Global South through long-form visual narratives. Smita is a TED fellow and an IWMF reporting fellow. She is the recipient of Amnesty International Media award for photojournalism and One World Media Award for her short film “Rebel with a Cause”.Smita’s work has been published in various places like The New York Times, BBC World, WSJ, TIME, Channel 4, CNN and National Geographic Magazine amongst many others and exhibited and shown globally including at the UN Headquarters in New York.
ANDREA STAR REESE , a documentary photojournalist based in New York /Jakarta is a member of Woman Photograph, NPPA, NWU, IFJ, and is a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. Reese primarily focuses on long term documentary visual story telling.
DISORDER, her on-going reportage on men and women with real or perceived mental health condition living in Indonesia was begun in 2011. In 2013 Reese’s exhibition at the Visa Pour l’Image Photojournalism Festival featured on Lightbox.time.com was a catalyst for Human Rights Watch’s investigation into the situation of people with mental health conditions who were shackled (pasung) or confined to institutions in Indonesia. In 2016, Reese’s collaboration with Human Rights Watch helped garner widespread media attention on the issue in Indonesian publications such as the Jakarta Post, the Jakarta Globe, Kompas, Republika as well as influential international outlets including the BBC, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Time magazine to name just a few. Reese’s work helped build national and international pressure resulting in systemic change on the ground across the country.
In 2018, Reese held a solo exhibition “Living in Hell” at the Indonesian Parliament for World Mental Health Day in partnership with Human Rights Watch, helping change hearts and minds of policy makers. Her photographs and discoveries are also used by Perhimpunan Jiwa Sehat-Indonesian Mental Health Association, a Jakarta based Disability Rights Organization.
In 2016 the LUCIE AWARD winning series captured Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year among other recognitions.
URBAN CAVE, is a seven-year documentary on unsheltered men and women some living underground in New York City. The majority of the people featured are persons with a self-described mental illness, or were assumed by society to be mentally ill. Some of them had lived for decades underground in a train tunnel, others in a settlement known as The Batcave or in a derelict sanitation facility along the Hudson River. URBAN CAVE, the photo book, was published in 2015 by FotoEvidence.
Photographs from URBAN CAVE are part of Musee de L’Elysee Museum Collection.
The documentary series received a 2016 Julia Margaret Cameron Award, the 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism, was a Visa d’or Feature nominee, a 2011 POYI, World Understanding Finalist and awarded Best Social Documentary from the 2009 New York Photo Festival among other recognitions.
Both DISORDER and URBAN CAVE have been published and exhibited Internationally.