Photojournalism: Then & Now

Update: A video from the recent "Conflict[ed] Reporting: War and Photojournalism in the Digital Age" symposium was created and is now available to watch

at the links below.

Warning: The videos contain some graphic images of war and conflict that some viewers may find disturbing.


Thursday, November 1, and Friday, November 2, 2012
McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West

Media@McGill, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and the McCord Museum present a two-day symposium on photojournalism on November 1 and 2, 2012 at the McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West. With a line-up of international speakers from both the academic and professional spectrum, Photojournalism: Then & Now explores the history of photojournalism, with a particular focus on Canada, on the first day of the symposium; while the second day is dedicated to the role played by photojournalism, within a changing digital landscape, in the media representation of 21st-century warfare. The event is free and open to the public.

Day 1 – Thursday, November 1, 2012 – Histories of Photojournalism

2:00-3:30 p.m. Roundtable (bilingual): The Histories of Photojournalism in Canada

with Zoë Tousignant, PhD candidate, Department of Art History, Concordia University; JoAnne Stober, Archivist, Arts and Photography, Library and Archives Canada; Lily Koltun, Archivist, Artist; Frédéric Giuliano, Archivist Coordinator, Direction des services aux usagers et aux partenaires, Centre d'archives de Montréal, Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec; Will Straw, Professor, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University

4:00-5:00 p.m. Public Lecture, Questioning Photojournalism History

Thierry Gervais is a faculty member in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University and Head of Research at the Ryerson Image Centre. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Études photographiques and the author of La Photographie (with Gaëlle Morel) and several other works on photography.

Day 2 – Friday, November 2, 2012 – Conflict[ed] Reporting: War and Photojournalism in the Digital Age (Simultaneous Interpretation)

1:00-2:00 p.m. Perpetrators and Participants: War Photographers of the Digital Age - Peter Maass, Journalist

2:00-3:00 p.m. Seven Theses on the Photographic Situation - Sharon Sliwinski, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

3:30-4:30 p.m. When the War Photographer Returns: Exploring Reflexive Moments in Photojournalism - Donald Matheson, Acting Head, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand

4:30-6:00 p.m. Panel: Conflict[ed] Reporting: War and Photojournalism in the Digital Age
with Louie Palu, Photojournalist, Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation; Susan L. Carruthers, Associate Professor, Department of History at Rutgers University in Newark; Thierry Gervais, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, Editor-in-Chief of Études Photographiques.

Please note that simultaneous interpretation will only be available on the second day of the event.