Photos of the migrant crisis have dominated the media space over the past year.
What can we learn from the way traditional and social media, primarily in the west, has depicted the crisis in terms of context; scale and scope; demographics (including gender, race and nationality); geopolitics; aesthetics; empathy and sensitivity?
Watch the replay of our salon: “The Great Exodus: The Visual Framing of the Migrant Crisis.” The discussion, led by Reading the Pictures moderator and visual scholar, Cara Finnegan, was held Sunday, January 10th, 2016 on Google HangOut with live audience chat. Our distinguished panelists are listed below.
Be sure to catch our next salon live to also follow and participate in the audience chat.
Also stay tuned for highlight clips from this program which will be posted in the next few weeks.
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Reading The Pictures Salon is an on-line, real-time discussion between photojournalists, visual academics and other visual or subject experts. Each salon examines a set of images relevant to the visual stories of the day often focusing on how the media and social media has framed the event. The photo edit is the key element and driver of each Salon discussion and great care is taken to create a group of photos that captures the depth and breadth of media representation.
(photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters caption: A migrant carrying a baby is stopped by Hungarian police officers he tries to escape on a field nearby A collection point in the village of Roszke, Hungary, September 8, 2015.)
The body of a migrant is washed ashore on a beach after a boat carrying 12 migrants sank off the coast of Mugla’s Bodrum district, Turkey on September 02, 2015. The photo, distributed by Getty Images/Andalou Agency, was published that same day as a more widely known image of the body of a boy, Alan Kurdi. Kurdi washed ashore on the same beach. In this highlight clip, moderator Cara Finnegan and panelists Glenn Ruga, Michelle Bogre and Shani Orgad discuss why this image may have been less widely distributed and how it operates as a commentary on the migrant crisis.Watch Now
In this highlight clip, moderator Cara Finnegan, Glenn Ruga, Shani Orgad, Anne Demo and Michelle Bogre discuss the role of the media and the police as they encircle a young migrant carrying a younger child as he struggles to cross a field in Hungary. This image addresses the responsibilities and conflicts surrounding those who administrate, control and record this human crisis.Watch Now
In this highlight clip, moderator Cara Finnegan and panelists Alixandra Fazzina, Anne Demo, and Shani Orgad discuss an uncommonly intimate photograph that highlights the difference between photojournalism and documentary photography.Watch Now
Take a closer look at some of the images from our larger photo edit.