Salon Series: A Conversation on the Dangers in Conflict Photography
May 1, 2020
Dr. Lauren Walsh’s incisive new book, Conversations on Conflict Photography, examines the value of documenting war and humanitarian crisis today.
This NYU DC webinar brought together Walsh, an expert on conflict photography, Andrea Bruce, an award-winning photographer who has covered events around the globe, and Olivier Laurent, International Photo Editor at the Washington Post. In conversation, they explored the complexities and ethical dilemmas of conflict imagery in the contemporary moment. This discussion presented a penetrating look at the struggles of the craft and the practitioners who keep it alive, from brushes with death on the frontlines to the battles for space, resources, and attention in the media.
Walsh’s book, which includes interviews with renowned photographers and leading photo editors, peels back the layers involved in this line of work, and makes a passionate argument for the protection of an increasingly threatened free press. There has never been a more important time for acknowledging and investigating the crucial role of conflict photography in shaping our understanding of international affairs and faraway crises.
This event was free and open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive log-in information for the webinar. This webinar may have been recorded.
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Andrea Bruce, American Photographer
Andrea Bruce, an American photographer, has documented numerous conflicts and human right violations. For eight years she was a staff photographer with The Washington Post, where she covered the Iraq War. She is now a member of NOOR photo agency, and has covered conflict and crisis in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kashmir, and Afghanistan, among other locations.
Bruce’s awards include top honors from the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year four times), several awards from the Pictures of the Year International contest, and the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. In 2012, she was the first recipient of the Chris Hondros Fund Award for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.” She was a member of the Nieman Fellow class of 2016 at Harvard University.
Olivier Laurent, International Photo Editor, The Washington Post
Olivier Laurent is an International Photo Editor at The Washington Post, working with the organization's network of 27 reporters based in 19 foreign locations to offer a comprehensive international report, with a special focus on Africa, Asia and the Middle-East. He also partners with the Post's social team on photo-driven initiatives and contributes to InSight, the Post’s photography section.
Lauren Walsh, Conflict Photography Expert, Professor, The New School; Director, Gallatin Photojournalism Lab, NYU
Lauren Walsh, an expert on conflict photography, is a professor and writer. She teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the Director of Lost Rolls America, a public archive of photography and memory.
Walsh’s newest book, Conversations on Conflict Photography (2019), examines the value of documenting war and humanitarian crisis in the contemporary moment. She is the editor/coeditor of three other books on photography: Macondo: Memories of the Colombian Conflict (2017), The Millennium Villages Project (2016), and The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures (2012). She has published widely in academic and mainstream media.
Walsh is currently co-directing Biography of a Photo, a documentary film about two iconic images of conflict. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and has been distinguished with NYU’s Excellence in Teaching award.
The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists presents an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us. The Salon Series is made possible by NYU Washington, DC through the collaboration of NYU schools, departments and centers, as well as through special relationships with selected external organizations.