Sep 202015
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Documentary Storytelling: A New Era

Andrew Lichtenstein

Andrew Lichtenstein

Consisting of members the FCDA photography collective, the panel will discuss the inspiration and necessity for independent and collaborative projects in a new era of documentary storytelling. It will explore how shrinking budgets and displaced priorities of publications are creating a greater need for an alternative model that prioritizes public interest.

Presenters: David Burnett Alan Chin Donna Ferrato Andrew Lichtenstein Lucian Perkins

Moderators: James Estrin

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

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  • Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA)

Consisting of members the FCDA photography collective, the panel will discuss the inspiration and necessity for independent and collaborative projects in a new era of documentary storytelling. It will explore how shrinking budgets and displaced priorities of publications are creating a greater need for an alternative model that prioritizes public interest.


Presenter Bios

  • David Burnett

    David Burnett

    David Burnett, Photographer
    David Burnett was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He began taking pictures on the yearbook at Olympus High School and while in high school, began freelancing – covering sports events and selling pictures to the S L Tribune. He launched his magazine career in 1967 as an intern at Time Magazine while earning a degree in political science at Colorado College. He went to Vietnam as a freelance photographer in 1970 working for Time and LIFE, and later joined Gamma (the French agency) before co-founding Contact Press Images in 1976. He has worked with all the Time Inc. magazines, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and National Geographic, in a career that has spanned nearly 45 years.

    He has visited more than eighty countries, and covered stories as diverse as the French and American Presidential elections from 1972 to the present; the famine in Sahel in 1974 and in Ethiopia in 1984; the Iranian revolution following Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Tehran in 1979, and the Summer Olympics from 1984 to 2012, and the Salt Lake Games of 2002. He has twice chaired the World Press Photo jury in Amsterdam, and a LUCIE past photojournalism award winner.

  • Alan Chin

    Alan Chin

    Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Central Asia, and Ukraine. Domestically, Alan has followed the historic trail of the civil rights movement, documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and covered the 2008 presidential campaign and the Occupy Movement. He is a contributing photographer to Newsweek, The New York Times, photographer at Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), and contributing columnist at Reuters Analysis & Opinion. He is also an adjunct and student adviser at Columbia University School of Journalism and his work is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art.

  • Donna Ferrato

    Donna Ferrato

    Donna Ferrato is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist, known for her groundbreaking documentation on the hidden world of domestic violence. Her seminal book, Living With the Enemy (Aperture 1991), went into four printings and, alongside exhibitions and lectures across the globe, sparked a national discussion on sexual violence and women’s rights. In 2014, Ferrato launched the campaign, I Am Unbeatable, to expose, document, and prevent domestic violence against women and children through real stories of real people.

    Ferrato has contributed to almost every major news publication in the country, and her photographs have appeared in nearly 500 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide. She has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the W. Eugene Smith Fund and was president and founder of the nonprofit Domestic Abuse Awareness Project (501-c3). She has been a recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Plight of the Disadvantaged, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award, the Missouri Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Tribeca Film Festival’s Artist of the Year award, and LOOK3’s Insightful Artist of the Year award. In 2008, the City of New York proclaimed October 30 “Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day,” and in 2009, she was honored by the judges of the New York State Supreme Court for her work on advancing gender equality.

    Ferrato’s most recent project focuses on the spirit and evolution of TriBeCa. She has just released her fourth limited edition TriBeCa portfolio, and will soon publish a book on the recent history of the neighborhood.

  • Andrew Lichtenstein

    Andrew Lichtenstein

    Andrew Lichtenstein has spent the last two decades covering long-term stories of social concern in the United States. He worked eight years covering the rise of the prison industrial complex after receiving an Open Society Institute Fellowship in 2000. In 2007, Lichtenstein authored Never Coming Home, a book documenting the funerals for American soldiers killed in Iraq. His work, exhibited around the world, has been published in many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report and The New York Times.

  • Lucian Perkins

    Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lucian Perkins is an independent photographer and filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. His focus on documenting human-interest stories encompasses daily life and social issues in the U.S. to conflicts and crisis overseas. His documentary films include “The Syrian Refugee Crisis,” bringing to light the plight of 2.5 million Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war, with nine million displaced, in one of the gravest humanitarian catastrophes. As staff photographer at The Washington Post for more than 20 years, he has covered major international events such as the fall of the Soviet Union and aftermath; the wars and refugee crisis in the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Iraq and Afghanistan; and major events at home.

Moderator Bios

  • James Estrin

    James Estrin

    James Estrin (curator) is a New York Times staff photographer and writer. He was a founder and co-editor of Lens, The New York Times photography blog. Estrin was part of a team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for “How Race Is Lived In America.” He was the co-executive producer of the documentary film “Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro” which appeared on HBO in 2016. He is also an adjunct professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.


  • Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA)

    Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA)

    Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), a non-profit organization founded in 2009, illuminates critical issues facing our country, creating a documentary record used to engage and educate through public art exhibitions and events centered around documentary photography.

    Photographers across the country join together to collectively document this era of great change in contemporary America, and focus on a wide range of subjects and stories, reaching people from all backgrounds and life experiences.

    Documenting Detroit, launched in 2015, is the flagship project of FCDA, focusing on one major American city in the midst of new development alongside tradition and continuity. Our project is creating a lasting visual portrait of Detroit through a yearly, juried emerging photography fellowship.

    We engage thousands of people through events and public art exhibitions, providing a platform for our audience to see themselves, and their neighborhoods, as documented through the lenses of local emerging documentary photographers.

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