The purpose of this discussion, held May 4th, 2014, was to better understand the visual dynamics and editorial framing of the events in Independence Square. Our focus was on the intense coverage of Maidan Nezalezhnosti in late February leading up to the departure of President Yanukovych.
The news imagery brings various topics to mind, including sensationalism; different symbols and visual stereotypes of war and history; the role of social media as a distribution channel and competitive force to traditional media; and civil war as a media event increasingly played out on a central stage.
Having assembled an excellent panel of photographers, editors and visual scholars, we hope you will watch the replay. Video highlights will also be available here soon.
The BagNewsSalon brings together the eyes and voices of the world’s leading photojournalists, editors, visual academics and other informed observers to analyze select edits of news photographs in a 120 minute on-line discussion format. Below you’ll find video highlights from the hangout as well the full broadcast, the accompanying slideshow and the list of panelists.
(photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images.)
Scenes that seemed gladiatorial one minute, sci-fi the next kept this story in the international spotlight for weeks. What made the Kiev protest photographs so visually compelling? In this highlight we feature two photographs by Jeff J. Mitchell and Brendan Hoffman taken during the protests. Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan speak with Patrick Whalen, David Cambell, Donald Weber and Ekaterina Haskins about the visual elements that created such spectacle and gave the Maidan uprising its "fire and ice" theme.Watch Now
Identity, religion and territory is highlighted in this sequence of images. Protestors armed themselves against government forces with whatever was available to them, creating a visual mash of color and symbolism, the clergy ministering throughout. Photographs by Valentyn Ogirenko, Anatolii Boiko, Evgeny Feldman, Sergey Dolzhenko and Rob Stothard capture the c spirit, force and perseverance of the Maidan protestors. David Cambell, Donald Weber, Patrick Whalen and Ekaterina Haskins discuss the grass-roots tactics used by Kiev's protestors with BagNews's Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan.Watch Now
Donald Weber and Anatasia Taylor-Lind captured the Maidan uprising through portraiture. Weber as taken by the recycled alcohol bottles employed as molotov cocktails during the clashes. Taylor-Lind's photographs used black backgrounds to draw out the personality of the protestor. Donald Weber discusses the details in these photographs with Michael Shaw, Ekaterina Haskins and Patrick Whalen.Watch Now
Rob Stothard's photograph of a woman in a fur coat, a bouquet of flowers in hand, is set against the crude barricades enclosing Maidan Square. This quotidian, yet decidedly contemporary scene brings more irony to the historic clashes. Listen to Donald Weber, Patrick Whalen and Ekaterina Haskins, our Salon panelists, as they react to the turn of events with this photograph.Watch Now
Take a closer look at some of the images from our larger photo edit.