VIDEO: Challenges of Documenting Humanitarian Crises

January 23, 2019
Photographers Sim Chi Yin, Peter van Agtmael, and Visiting Belknap Fellow in the Humanities Council Susan Meiselas talk to Katherine Bussard, the Princeton University Art Museum's Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography. Photo: Fotobuddy

A video of the Council’s October 2018 Belknap Global Conversation is now available to view.

The weight of responsibility and the changing landscape of news media were the focus of the two-day Belknap Global Conversation in October 2018. The conference titled “Humanitarian Photojournalism: A History of the Present” was convened by Jeremy Adelman (History) and Katherine Bussard (Princeton University Art Museum) and designed to bring together humanities scholars and photojournalists. The photographers who work on the front lines of global unrest reflected on their careers, which Peter van Agtmael described as being “based on other people’s tragedies,” and opened the discussion about the challenges of documenting wars and crises ethically.

Participants included Susan Meiselas, photographer and Visiting Belknap Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English; photographers Peter van Agtmael and Sim Chi Yin; and scholars Gary Bass (WWS), Susie Linfield (NYU), Andrew Thompson (Art and Humanities Research Council UK), and Virginie Troit (Fondation Croix-Rouge française).

Watch the video of the discussion here.

Read the Princeton Alumni Weekly article here.

By Min Pullan
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