Monday, October 8, 2007

Lecture: Christopher Anderson

In conjunction with the World Press Photo 07 exhibiton in Toronto, World Press Photo 07 winner and Magnum Photo member, Christopher Anderson will be speaking.

Tuesday, October 16
Ryerson University
7:30pm - Free Admission
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University Theatre 103, 245 Church St @ Gould St
Presented by Canon Canada
Hosted by Ryerson School of Image Arts

Projection: Agence VU @ IndexG

Denis Darzacq, France, Agence VU

In conjunction with the World Press Photo 07 exhibition in Toronto, IndexG will be showing work from Agence VU, including the winning images by Denis Darzacq.

Admission is Free
Saturday, October 13, 5:30pm (Limited seating so arrive early)
50 Gladstone Ave, just north of Queen St W

October Digital Journalist

Digital Journalist
Robert Capa is acknowledged to be the icon of conflict photography. From the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, through his famous coverage of D-Day, to his death at age 40 in Indochina in 1954, he was on virtually every front line for over two decades. However, as the expression goes, "behind every great man stands a great woman." For Capa, that woman was his collaborator and lover, Gerda Taro. A strongly influential force in his early career, Taro was with him in Spain, often photographing at his side. Sadly, her life was cut short in Spain when she was crushed by a tank. She was only 26 years old. For the past 70 years, her life and work have remained largely unknown to the public. But thanks to a remarkable exhibition currently at The Center of Photography in New York – on view alongside a show of Capa's work – Gerda Taro has finally been given a chance to emerge from the shadow of her legendary partner. We are proud to present highlights of these exhibits as this month's cover story, along with an appreciation by Ron Steinman.

If you have viewed the World Press Photo 07 exhibit, you will find the DOUBLE BLIND Paolo Pellegrin story of particular interest. Paolo received this year's First Prize Single News.

In the summer of 2006, Paolo Pellegrin and writer Scott Anderson covered the carnage in Lebanon. They both found that this was a different war from any they had ever experienced. The battlefield shifted daily. Waiters who brought them coffee were shooting rockets at Israeli positions a few hours later. Pellegrin and Anderson have recently published a book, DOUBLE BLIND, which testifies to the horrors of a war that Pellegrin claims "is a harbinger of the 'modern' wars to come." Pellegrin, who is a member of Magnum, the agency that Capa co-founded, was awarded the 2007 Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work on this story. View his compelling B&W photo gallery in this issue and you will see why.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Kodak Lecture Oct 19 - Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick Calhoun

Documentary photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick Calhoun speak October 19 at the Kodak Lecture Series, Ryerson University.
The Calhoun's were featured in Spike Lee's 2006 documentary film When the Levees Broke after having lost their home and their studio in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Toronto - The Kodak Lecture Series is pleased to announce that documentary photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick-Calhoun will give a lecture about their work on Friday, October 19, at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Born in New Orleans in the 1950's, the Calhoun's have been chronicling the everyday life of the city's Lower Ninth Ward for more than a quarter of a century. From documenting pleasure clubs to bluesman, clockworkers to churchgoers, the Calhoun's have made their career through capturing the vibrancy and culture of the neighbourhood they grew up in.

When Hurricane Katrina swept across the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Keith and Chandra would lose both their home, and their historic storefront photography studio. In the aftermath of the storm, and after salvaging what they could of their life's work, many individuals and organizations are helping the Calhoun's to rebuild. They include Architecture for Humanity, House by House, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and Shelter Architecture.

The Calhoun's have been exhibited at the Aperture gallery in New York City, the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum. They will also be featured in the landmark compilation Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis. Having been exiled from their home, they are currently living in Texas with their two children.

Friday, October 19
7:30pm - Free Admission

Ryerson University
Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
Lecture Theatre 103
245 Church Street (just north of Dundas St. at Gould St)

Lectures are webcast and archived at

Alexandra Boulet Dies

After suffering an aneurism in June and being in an induced coma, Alexandra Boulet passed away on October 5 in Paris.
A great and sad loss to the international photojournalism community.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Kenji Nagai: Death of a Journalist

The shooting of Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai in Myanmar was captured on video and clearly shows the Nagai was not accidently shot, but was shot at point blank by a soldier.

Read letter from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression sent to the President of the People's Republic of China.

Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan

The innaugral exhibit, in the new photo gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has just launched and will be on display throught to March 23.
New York Times article.