Photo events – Amnesty International and ArtInsight

Anyone interested in human rights, photojournalism and the media who is in London over the next two months should check out Amnesty International’s Media Awards 2009 – Human Rights in the Frame, a series of exhibitions and events exploring the contribution of photojournalists to our understanding of human rights and social justice, which runs from September to November.

High on the list of must-sees is a talk by Jenny Matthews, Collateral Damage – Women and War which takes place on 18 November at 19:00. Admission is free. No booking required.

Matthews’ photos taken in different conflicts around the world can be seen in the exhibition Collateral Damage which opens on the same day as the talk (18 November) and runs until 11 December. An exhibition of Abbie Trayler-Smith’s work can also be seen in Still Human Still Here: The underground world of destitute asylum seekers from 1-30 September.

If you haven’t heard of these photographers then get aquainted, it will be time well spent. Matthews is a hugely important female documentary photographer who deserves greater recognition. She published a book Women and War, (2003) shot over ten years in the aftermath of wars around the world, which is well worth getting hold of.

“It has been a great privilege for me to be a photographer, to wander into other people’s lives, often uninvited but usually made embarrassingly welcome.” Jenny Matthews

Human Rights in the Frame: Amnesty International Media Awards 2009 ( 20 October – 5 November) is an exhibition of work by the three photojournalists shortlisted for the prize: Eugene Richards, Jim Goldberg and Lefteris Pitarakis. Look out also for Alive or Dead? The Evolution of Photojournalism in the Digital Age (29 October) – a panel discussion with an interesting line up including Benjamin Chesterton from DuckRabbit. Admission is free but you need to book.

ArtInsight, in association with The Photographers’ Gallery, has announced the speakers who will be taking part in an evening seminar, Contemporary Photography Markets: Trends & Opportunities on Monday 21 September from 18:00-20:30 followed by drinks reception.  They are Jeffrey Boloten: Managing Director, ArtInsight (Panel Chair); Matt Carey-Williams: Christie’s European Private Sales Director: Post-War & Contemporary Art; Zelda Cheatle: Tosca Photography Fund; and Brett Rogers: Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Cost £75.00, see previous post for more details.


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