The New Documentary
This panel discussion will explore where documentary photography is heading in the second decade of the 21st century by first looking at where it was historically, and then discussing how it is evolving into the next decade. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of motion in contemporary documentary photography.
Each panelist in this discussion is a leading practitioner in the field and has successfully used the medium of still and motion photography to engage their audience in discussion about critical issues facing both our globally-interconnected world as well as our local and very personal communities.
Audience engagement required.
Photo by Jessica Dimmock from The Ninth Floor
Jessica Dimmock worked as a public school teacher in Brooklyn before pursuing photography. Since graduating from the International Center of Photography, she has won numerous international awards, including the F Award for Concerned Photography, Magnum's Inge Morath Award, the Juror's Choice Award from The Santa Fe Center of Photography, and The Marty Forscher Fellowship from Photo District News. For her video work, she was awarded the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at the Hampton's International Film Festival.
In the fall of 2007, her first book, The Ninth Floor, was published by Contrasto. She had her first solo exhibition at Forma, The International Center of Photography in Milan the same year, and has since been exhibited at museums and galleries such as Foam, The Photography Museum of Amsterdam; Kunsthaus, Dresden; Foley Gallery, Chelsea; Locuslux Gallery, Belgium, and Aperture, New York. She became a full member of VII Photo in 2011.
Jessica's work has appeared in publications such as Aperture, W, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times, The British Journal of Photography, Time, Grazia, and Photoicon and books such as A New American Photographic Dream, C International, American Photography 22 and This Day of Change.
Photo by Lori Grinker from Distant Relations
Lori Grinker is an award-winning documentary photographer. Internationally exhibited and published, her work has garnered many awards, including a W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fellowship, an Ernst Hass Grant, and a Hasselblad Foundation Grant. Known for long-term, intimate projects that blend humanistic photography and fine art, she has published two books: The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, and Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict. Her photographs are held in the collections of the Israeli Museum, Jerusalem; the International Center of Photography, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and San Francisco MOMA. A lecturer at Yale since 2010, and a faculty member at ICP, she teaches workshops around the world. Her current project, Distant Relations, explores through landscapes, portraits, and interiors, her family's diaspora. She is represented by Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York, Meo Represents, and has been a member of Contact Press Images since 1988.
Photo by Ed Kashi from Curse of the Black Gold.
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
One of Kashi's innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook which premiered on MSNBC.com in December 2006. Using stills in a moving image format, this creative and thought-provoking form of visual storytelling has been shown in many film festivals and as part of a series of exhibitions on the Iraq War at The George Eastman House. Also, an eight-year personal project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, created a traveling exhibition, an award-winning documentary film, a website and a book which was named one of the best photo books of 2003 by American Photo.
Along with numerous awards, including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF's Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi's images have been published and exhibited worldwide. Additionally, his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books, including the recent Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi's latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world.
In 2002, Kashi and his wife, writer / filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. The first project resulted in a book and traveling exhibition on uninsured Americans called, Denied: The Crisis of America's Uninsured.
Glenn Ruga is the founder and director of SocialDocumentary.net and the Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. Ruga was a curator of the 2012 New York Photo Festival.