Photojournalism: Then and Now


History of photojournalism in Canada and media representation of 21st century warfare is the focus of two-day symposium

Photojournalism: Then & Now explores the history of photojournalism in Canada and the role played by photojournalism, within a changing digital landscape, in the media representation of 21st century warfare.  The two- day symposium is presented by Media@McGill, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and the McCord Museum on November 1 and 2, 2012.


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

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

Zoë Tousignant, PhD candidate, Department of Art History, Concordia University; JoAnne Stober, Archivist, Arts and Photography, Library and Archives Canada; Lily Koltun, archivist and 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.: Questioning Photojournalism History – public lecture by Thierry Gervais

Thierry Gervais is a faculty member in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University and the Head of Research of 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 for full day)

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.

 WHO:             International speakers from both the academic and professional spectrum

 WHAT:           Two-day symposium on photojournalism

 WHEN:           November 1 and 2, 2012

WHERE:         McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

*Please note that simultaneous interpretation will only be available on the second day of the event. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Cynthia Lee
McGill University
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