Fulbright Panel Discussion: Can Photography Make a Difference?

  • Ronald Reagan Building Atrium Gallery 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC, 20004 United States

Panel Discussion: Can photography make a difference?

Five Fulbright-winning photographers discuss their long-term documentary projects and the ways photography can create change in the world. A screening of images and personal discussion will be followed by time for audience questions.

Speakers (and Fulbright project country): Josh Meltzer (Mexico), Muriel Hasbun (El Salvador), Michael Forster Rothbart (Ukraine), Erika Larsen (Sweden), Amy Thompson Avishai (Morocco). Moderated by Stephen Frailey, School of Visual Arts.

About the speakers:
National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen spent three years living with reindeer herders in the far north of Norway and Sweden. Her book Sámi: Walking With Reindeer, was published in 2013. www.erikalarsenphoto.com

Photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart spent two years living near Chernobyl, photographing and interviewing those who remain there. His TED book, Would You Stay? and his After Chernobyl photo exhibits grew out of this Fulbright project. bit.ly/TED-Would-You-Stay-iTunes 

After 15 years as a newspaper staff photographer in Virginia and Minnesota, Josh Meltzer spent his Fulbright year covering the migration of indigenous people within Mexico. He has repeatedly won POYi awards and now teaches photojournalism and multimedia storytelling at Western Kentucky University. www.joshmeltzer.com

Amy Thompson Avishai is a photojournalist and educator at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She was raised in several countries, including Morocco, where she returned to photograph her Within These Walls project. www.amythompsonphotos.com

Muriel Hasbun grew up in El Salvador but left at age 17. Decades later, as an artist and educator focused on cultural identity and memory, she returned on a Fulbright to re-examine her upbringing and share photography with others affected by trauma, immigration and loss.  She is a professor and head of the photography program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. www.murielhasbun.com

Stephen Frailey is a fine art photographer and runs the Photography Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He judged the Fulbright photo exhibit on which this panel is based.

Location: Intersections: Fulbright Photography Exhibit, Atrium Gallery, Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC)
From street: Enter at 14th and Pennsylvania
From Metro: Enter directly from Federal Triangle Metro station