Outreach Spotlight: 2019 CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit

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2019 CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit


The 2019 CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit, an immersive day of conversation, inspiration and community. The event began with portfolio reviews, where photographers shared their work with photo editors from media and tech organizations, museum curators and gallery owners.

The reviews were followed by a series of presentations and conversations with some of the leading voices in visual storytelling. Formerly imprisoned Bangladeshi photographer and one of Time’s Persons of the Year, Shahidul Alam, gave a keynote recounting his path from photographer to human rights activist and freedom of the press leader.  Other presentations included Aida Muluneh, Ethiopian photographer, contemporary artist and founder of Addis Foto Fest; Andrea Bruce, National Geographic photographer and founder of her “Our Democracy” project; a discussion on academia and filmmaking with Guggenheim fellow and filmmaker Carlos Javier Ortiz; and a conversation on the future of visual storytelling with Anna Dickson, the visual lead at Google Image Search, Joel Flory, the CEO of VSCO and Benjamin Petit, Co-Director of #Dysturb.

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Many thanks to Catchlight for facilitating our interviews with Shahidul Alam, Aida Muluneh and Tasneem Alsultan. Stay tuned!

Presentations and Panels

Presentation: Andrea Bruce – Our Democracy

Presentation: Aida Muluneh – Raising Photography Voices

Panel: Offline & Online: Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age

Discussion: The Ferguson Effect? Carlos Javier Ortiz in conversation with Robert J. Rosenthal