june, 2019

01jun1:00 pm2:15 pmPanel: Mental Health - Behind and In Front of the Camera1:00 p.m.: Ibarionex Perello moderates a discussion with Ruddy Roye, Sheila Pree Bright and Michael A. McCoy 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Marvin Center: Grand Ballroom

Event Details

Coping Through Photography

Saturday, June 1
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

Cost: Free with registration to Focus on the Story 2019

Documentary photographers often find themselves covering tragedies, disasters and emotional events under stressful and trying situations. Documenting these scenes — and being able to explain in images what words sometimes fail to do — can be cathartic, not only for the subjects of the photos but for the photographers, themselves. This panel explores how photography can help in matters of mental health. Whether it is issues of depression, anxiety, PTSD and access to help and treatment, we will examine the different ways that photography can be both informative and transformative.

About the panel

Ibarionex Perello (moderator) is a photographer, author and podcaster. He is the host and producer of The Candid Frame podcast, which for the past 13 years has featured conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers, including Joel Meyerowitz, Eli Reed, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliot Erwitt and more. He is also the author of six books including his latest Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow.

Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits and photo-journalism photography. A photographer with over twelve years of experience, Radcliffe is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grass-roots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica. Radcliffe strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills by bringing their voices to matte fibre paper.

Sheila Pree Bright is a fine art photographer whose work has examined the legacy of black activism from the 1960s to the present Black Lives Matter movement. Her project #1960Now was published by Chronicle Books last year.

Michael A. McCoy is a Washington, D.C. photojournalist and street photographer who was listed by TIME magazine as one of “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now.” He is two-time combat veteran whose work has explored the lives of veterans coping with PTSD.

Image © Michael A. McCoy

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(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


Marvin Center: Grand Ballroom


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Our programming is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • Fujifilm

  • Tamron

  • MEG

  • SDN

  • Peak Design

  • KEH

  • ASMP

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