February 20, 2015

Friday Round Up - 20th February, 2015

This week Alison Stieven-Taylor's interview with #Dysturb's Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette, Alexia Sinclair's Rococo opens in Sydney and 2015 FotoEvidence Book Award winner is announced today.

Feature Article:
Creating a Dysturbance
Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette in interview

L-R: Benjamin Girette, Alison Stieven-Taylor and Pierre Terdjman 
(C) Marty Williams

In the main, photojournalists are a resourceful bunch and many are undeterred by the so-called ‘crisis’ in journalism. This is especially true of freelancers who by the very nature of their work are adept at finding ways to tell the stories that are important to them, and to seek new ways to engage the public.

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor

One of the most exciting examples of this ingenuity is #dysturb, an initiative that sees large black and white posters featuring a single image with caption and credit pasted on walls around some of the world’s largest cities including Paris and New York. Now it's Melbourne's turn.... (to read the full article and see more images please click on the Feature Articles tab at the top of the blog).

2015 FotoEvidence Book Award
And the winner is...

Marcus Bleasdale
Inferno: Central African Republic 

Marcus Bleasdale is the fifth recipient of the FotoEvidence Book Award. FotoEvidence publisher Svetlana Bachevanova said Bleasdale’s “personal commitment and courage in documenting the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR)…embody exactly the values that FotoEvidence has sought to recognize and support during the last five years”.

(C) Marcus Bleasdale

(C) Marcus Bleasdale

Bleasdale, who is with VII Photo agency, shot this particular story over 18 months, but he has trained his camera on the long term crisis in CAR for more than 15 years. For his winning story he worked closely with Human Rights Watch travelling to areas that had not seen journalists or photographers for some months. His photographs provide evidence of atrocities that few outside the country had any knowledge and as such have become important factual documents. The FotoEvidence Book Award adds to a raft of international accolades Bleasdale has garnered in recent years. Inferno: Central African Republic gives light to an ongoing conflict that has caused and continues to cause, countless trauma for those living in its shadow.

Fabio Bucciarelli: On the Brink of an Abyss 

Matt Black: The Geography of Poverty 

Jan Garup: Somalia in Transition 

Daniele Volpe: Guatemala - Ixil Genocide

For more information visit the FotoEvidence website.

Alexia Sinclair - Rococo

One of the most exciting fine art photographers at work today, Australian Alexia Sinclair's new show 'Rococo' opened in Sydney this week at Blackeye Gallery. For those living in Oz, check out my feature article on Alexia in the Australian Financial Review Weekend, tomorrow, Saturday 21st February. Alexia will be giving artist talks this Saturday and Saturday 28th February at 3pm. 

Blackeye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Road
Until 8 March

Watch the Rococo video here.   

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