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We all know the adage that a picture tells a thousand words but in an age of fake news are photojournalists more important than ever when it comes to the reporting of fact and truths? How do we evaluate the authenticity of news stories, can we still trust news images if they are sourced from everyday citizens, untrained as photojournalists? Do viral images threaten investigative journalism as it struggles to keep up with public appetite for information behind an image?
Join this panel of photojournalists and print journalists as they discuss the politics of the image.
Madeléna Rehorek is a photographer and curator based in Melbourne and NYC. Madelena co-founded and directed Ruffian Gallery, a home to socially aware photographers in Melbourne’s West, cementing a focus in connecting wider audiences to visual journalism. This led to becoming the Asia-Pacific manager for #Dysturb, a photojournalism collective that paste-ups international news in city streets and schools. She has worked on campaigns through photo festivals and partnerships in Toronto (CONTACT Photography festival), Bogotá (National University of Colombia residency), Charlottesville (Look3 Festival), Melbourne (Photobook Melbourne, RMIT & PSC), Sydney (ACP/UTS), Perpignan (Visa Pour L’image), Paris (Magnum Foundation), and guerilla campaigns in Hobart, Montréal, and New Orleans over the past two years.
David Maurice Smith is a Canadian documentary photographer based in Sydney, Australia whose work explores the issues facing marginalized communities. He is a Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting grantee and his images have been recognized in the International Photography Awards, The American Photography Awards, The Walkley Awards, and The Amnesty International Media Awards. His editorial clients include TIME, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, GEO and Le Monde. In 2012 he joined the Oculi Photographic Collective.
David Gray began his career as a CADET photographer for The Australian newspaper in 1989, working in Sydney and including a stint in the Canberra Press Gallery from 1991-1994. Since joining Reuters in 1995, he has covered news and sporting events in Asia and the South Pacific region including militia violence in East Timor, the resignation of Indonesian President Suharto, military coups in Fiji and violent unrest in the Solomon Islands.
David has covered 5 Summer Olympic Games and 4 Winter Olympic Games, a total of 11 World Cup tournaments for soccer, cricket and rugby, plus numerous world athletics and swimming championships. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Photographer Australia, until 2007 when I moved to Beijing, China as a Specialist Photographer. In China David covered news and sporting events that included civil unrest in Xinjiang and Tibet, the Sichuan earthquake and assignments in North Korea. In April 2009, he spent 2 months in Sri Lanka to oversee coverage for the ending of the 25-year civil war between government troops and the Tamil Tigers.
In December 2012 David moved back to Australia as Chief Photographer for Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific.
Alex McKinnon is a Walkley-nominated journalist and writer, a former editor of Junkee and the Star Observer, and the new morning editor of Schwartz Media's The Briefing.
This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Centre for