Rethinking the task of documentary photography
With Phil BICKER, Creative Director at Magnum Photos and Associate Photo Editor at TIME Magazine
Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center and Columbia Catholic Ministry
The topic for this discussion is the role of photography in contemporary journalism. This is a very interesting topic for several reasons. First of all, it brings together some apparently unrelated fields: it is a journalistic endeavor, but it also has a distinct artistic aspect, and it is also socially and politically relevant. Moreover, photojournalism as a profession deals every day with some important philosophical questions. For instance, how does a photographer or editor answer his/her desire for truth in image making without becoming a victim of his/her own preconceptions and prejudices? And considering that a photograph has the power to freeze time – to capture a fleeting moment in an ever-changing and varied continuum of reality -- what obligation does a photojournalist have to "go beyond" the isolated moment to explore more deeply the truth of his or her subjects? Is the purpose of a photograph to show a moment in time that stands on its own, or to offer a window into the entire reality portrayed by the image? And what does this imply for the respective task of photographer and viewer? How much does a photographer “create” his subjects? Clearly, these questions have great significance beyond the narrow borders of photojournalism as such, and many of them could be raised about other aspects of our media-driven culture. Hence, we are fortunate to have with us a very distinguished panelist whose reflections on these matters reflect many years of outstanding professional experience.
The event is open to the public and free of charge.
About this EventDate: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Columbia University, Faculty House
Seminar Room, 2nd Floor
64 Morningside Drive, NYC
Directions to Faculty House
About the SpeakersPhil Bicker
Creative Director at Magnum Photos and Associate Photo Editor at TIME Magazine