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Eric Kluitenberg on Sun, 30 Oct 2005 19:43:30 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> [event] (IN)VISIBLE CONFLICTS - the crisis in photojournalism

A  N  N  O  U  N  C  E  M  E  N  T

(IN)VISIBLE CONFLICTS - the crisis in photojournalism

A day of lectures, presentations and discussion on war reporting in the

Wednesday, November 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
At: De Balie, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam;
or on-line: http://www.debalie.nl/live

Organised by the Nederlands Foto Museum
in cooperation with Paradox Foundation and De Balie

The internationally lauded book Why Mister, Why? by photojournalist Geert
van Kesteren makes at least one thing clear: we in the "West" have gotten
to see extremely little of the conduct of the American army in Iraq. Van
Kesteren's report on the collision between the soldiers bringing "freedom
and democracy" and the Iraqi people is not only revealing and shocking,
but it has also provided information about the situation on the spot, and
has thus fulfilled a desperate need. That raises the questions of how it
is possible that the majority of these images have hardly been seen in
the Western media before and why for instance one could not escape images
of the tsunami, while Darfur
remained and remains largely invisible?

What does the rise of embedded journalism, the "amateur" with his digital
camera (Abu Ghraib!) or camphone, and the internet mean for the position
of the photojournalist in international conflicts? What do they mean for
the future of photojournalism in this context? What news media are still
effective today, in 2005, when it comes to war and conflicts, and for
whom do they work? What possibilities do photographers and other
image-makers have in this context for bringing their work out, and who
determines what appears in the news? Do art museums or other museums
afford a stage for making contemporary questions such as international
conflicts visible and stimulating discussion about them?

Susan Meiselas (photographer and guest lecturer, Faculty of the
Arts/University of Leiden; USA), Mark Durden (Reader in History and
Theory of Photography, University of Derby, UK), Hans Aarsman
(photographer, writer), Geert van Kesteren (photojournalist), Prof. dr.
Henri Beunders (Professor of History, Media and Culture, Erasmus
University Rotterdam), Kari Anden-Papadopoulos (Research fellow, Dept. of
Journalism, Media and Communication Studies, Stockholm University; S),
Brigitte van der Sande (art historian and curator of the exhibition Soft
Target: War as Daily, First Hand Reality (BAK, Utrecht)), Nico Haasbroek
(journalist, former editor in chief, NOS Television News Journal), Bas
Vroege (director, Paradox) and Edie Peters (teaches image editing,
Hogeschool van Amsterdam, former chief photo editor, de Volkskrant).

Place: De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m.(lunch from 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.)
Admission: 15,- (incl. coffee/tea; excl. lunch); students 10 (incl.
coffee/tea; excl. lunch)
Reservations are strongly recommended: De Balie tel. +31 (0)20 5535100
(between 1:00 and 8:30 p.m.)

You can also follow the program via the live stream:


Why Mister, Why? website:

Nederlands Fotomuseum:


De Balie Media:

(with thanks to InfoWarRoom and the University of Leiden/Faculty of

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