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Honor Roll: Omar Imam Wins Tim Hetherington Visionary Award

PDN   Friday April 28, 2017

The Tim Hetherington Trust has given its third annual Tim Hetherington Visionary Award to Omar Imam for his series “Syrialism,” which features constructed portraits of Syrians in exile. Imam receives 15,000 Pounds (about $19,200 US) to continue the work, notes PDN. The Trust also awarded a supplementary grant of 5,000 pounds (about $6,400 US) to Andrea Ellen Reed for her video “Unsighted.” The Visionary Award honors the memory of photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed April 20, 2011 while covering the Libyan civil war.   Read the full Story >>

What We Learned This Week: New Awards and the Life of Chris Hondros

By David Schonauer   Friday April 28, 2017

This week brought two big award announcements: We learned that Stephanie Sinclair, a National Geographic photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has won the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation. The $20,000 prize honors women photographers whose work demonstrates "bravery, dedication and skill" while reporting news. Meanwhile, Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx was named the Sony World ...   Read the full Story >>

What We're Reading: Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts

The New York Times   Thursday April 27, 2017

Last month, the Trump administration proposed a national budget that includes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, which operates with a budget of about $150 million a year. As critics have noted, that amounts to about 0.004 percent of the federal budget, making the move an inefficient approach to trimming government spending. But, notes Eve L. Ewing at The New York Times, artists play a distinctive role in challenging authoritarianism, creating pathways for subversion, for political understanding and solidarity among coalition builders.   Read the full Story >>

What We're Reading: Photography's New Private and Public Digital Territories

Magnum Photos   Thursday April 27, 2017

Does a private act of viewing an image become a public one when you click the like button? And how much has our drive to tell a public audience our stories changed since the days of talking by a campfire? These questions were discussed by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey, Magnum’s Global Digital Director Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, and Rory Blain, director of the digital art platform Sedition, during a Magnum Photos Now event at the Barbican in London. See their comments now in a report at Magnum’s website.   Read the full Story >>

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