Chris Bartlett is a documentary human rights portrait photographer. His projects have included military rape survivors, portraits of Iraqi former detainees who were tortured by the U.S., and for Photoville 2015, Burmese dissidents and former political prisoners. His Iraqi detainee portraits were first shown and the Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls exhibition. The project was reinterpreted as an installation and shown at Photoville 2014. Most recently it was seen at the Houston Fotofest and the Hamburg Triennial. Chris has been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Canadian Public Radio, Al Jazeera, and many others.
A Peaceful Rebellion, The Faces of Dissent in Burma
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
Photographer Chris Bartlett and journalist Delphine Schrank, author of The Rebel of Rangoon; A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma (Nation Books, July 2015), combine the ineffable image with the poetry of language to convey the hidden and very human experience of dissidence: of a social movement, until now largely closed from the eyes of the world, whose members dared across five decades of brutally repressive military rule to wrest their country back and deliver it to freedom and democracy.
Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands
The individuals shown in these portraits are Iraqis who were detained by the United States military and its surrogates. All were tortured and abused, and all were released without being charged. The portraits were taken in 2006 in Amman, Jordan and 2007 in Istanbul.
Thought Bubble to Exhibition: Turning an Idea into a Reality
This interactive workshop will address the challenges of earning a living as a photographer, whilst at the same time doing work that has meaning and social relevance. Participants are encouraged to bring in project ideas to discuss and brainstorm on execution strategies.