april, 2020

08apr7:00 pm8:30 pmSearching for Hope in a Time of DespairA discussion on the power of photography to lift us up in a time of need7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET Online: Zoom

Event Details

An Exploration of Resilience, Determination and Perseverance

Wednesday, April 8
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (ET)

The Iris Photo Collective and Focus on the Story raise the curtain on their new collaboration — Imagine: Visions of Hope, a global search for images that remind us of our collective ability to overcome even the most dire challenges. Acclaimed documentary photographers David Alan Harvey and Maggie Steber will join Miami Herald photojournalist Carl Juste to talk about his mission to curate a collection of images intended to offer a strong rebuttal to the gravity of the public health crisis facing the world today. Juste and his curatorial team of documentary photographer Maria Daniel Balcazar, Focus on the Story Executive Director Joe Newman, San Antonio News-Express Photo Editor Luis Rios and Newseum Director of Photography Indira Williams Babic are in search of images and the stories behind them that remind people what hope looks like. The images will be featured on the IVH website, with a selection eventually curated into a traveling exhibition.

During this free-flowing presentation — part panel discussion and part photo critique — the panelists will review images being considered for this project, explaining what inspires them about each image. They will also encourage a discussion with audience members about the power of photography to lift us up in a time of need.

About the Panel

Indira Williams Babic is the director of photography and visual journalism curator at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. She oversees research, editorial selection, acquisition, digital processing, rights management, printed image quality control and digital and analog storage of all photography on exhibit and in the collection at the museum. She also manages the current Digital Asset Management Systems (DAMS) migration project and serves as Newseum’s spokesperson for all Spanish-speaking media. Babic is a frequent speaker and moderator for important conversations about photojournalism issues such as women covering conflict from the front lines, and how photography exhibits are used to talk about topics like food insecurity and the portrayal of women in politics.

Maria Daniel Balcazar is a Bolivian-American documentary and fine art photographer. Most of her projects focus on the vitality of cultural traditions, their universality and their uniqueness, as they adapt through syncretism to survive and to thrive. She has studied painting, social communication, journalism, languages, and photography. Her work has been exhibited in Galleries, Museums, Universities in the United States, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Chile.

David Alan Harvey is a documentary photographer, long-time member of the Magnum Photo agency and founder and editor of burn magazine. He has shot more than 40 assignments for National Geographic and has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico, Naples and Nairobi. His books“Cuba” (National Geographic, 1999) and “Divided Soul” (Phaidon, 2003) capture the effects of the blood and sweat of a cultural migration into the Americas.“Living Proof” (powerHouse Books, 2007) explores hip-hop culture. His 2012 award-winning book, “Based on a True Story,” broke new ground in photo book narrative form and design. His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Biblioteque Nacional in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, among other venues.

C.W. Griffin is a Miami photojournalist and photography educator. He has taught at the University of Miami for many years, and spent three decades as a staff photographer at The Miami Herald. He is the recipient of numerous awards and while serving in the military, he was the first African-American photographer in the history of the military to be named Military Photographer of the Year for all branches of the service worldwide. His work has appeared in numerous books and magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and Time. He was represented in the book and exhibit ‘Contemporary Black Photographers.’ His work has also been a part of many major photography exhibits in galleries such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Historical Museum of Miami.

Carl-Philippe Juste has carried out extensive assignments for the Miami Herald, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He was also part of the team at the Herald that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Hurricane Andrew. His work has been exhibited in various prestigious institutions and galleries in Cuba, Dominican Republic and the United States. Carl is one of the founders of Iris Photo Collective in 1998, a collaboration to create a new context in order to explore and document the relationship of people of color to the world. Juste also founded IPC Visual Lab, a new school of thought teaching the art of photojournalism as a visual language.

Maggie Steber is a documentary photographer who has worked in 67 countries specializing in human issues. Her honors include a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project. In 2013, she was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine. Her work is included in the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation Collection and The Richter Library, as well as private collections. She exhibits and teaches internationally. She is a longtime contributor to Natiional Geographic Magazine, as well as many other publications.

Image © Carl Juste



(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET


Online: Zoom