Lauren Walsh, a leading expert on the visual coverage of conflict and crisis, discusses her two recent books, Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter and Conversations on Conflict Photography. This event explores the critical role photojournalism plays and the numerous challenges and threats the industry faces, whether covering Ukraine, Covid, volatile protests, or other strife.
Through a series of interviews with top photographers who covered 2020's biggest crises as well as key photo editors who grappled with unprecedented obstacles inside the newsroom, Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter invites readers to think deeply about events we have only just seen in the news and quite possibly experienced ourselves. Meanwhile, Conversations on Conflict Photography, explores the physical risks, psychological tolls, cyber dangers, and ethical dilemmas in covering war and humanitarian crisis.
Books for sale and signing by both Walsh and Ward.
Author, Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab at New York University
Lauren Walsh teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the Director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory. Walsh’s books include Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter (2022), Conversations on Conflict Photography (2019), and Shadow of Memory (2021, co-author). Walsh is interested in the politics and ethics of photography, and in exploring contemporary visual culture. She focuses particularly on photojournalism, with a specialty in conflict photography and peace journalism. Walsh was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from NYU.
MODERATOR: CNN's chief international correspondent at CNN
Clarissa Ward is CNN's multi-award winning chief international correspondent based in London. For more than 15 years Ward has reported from front lines across the world from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Yemen to Ukraine and Georgia during the Russian incursion in 2008. Named 2019 Reporter/Correspondent of the Year by the Gracies, she is the author of 'On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist' (Penguin Press), a memoir that details her singular career as a conflict reporter and how she has documented the violent remaking of the world from close range.