Top Kiwi photojournalist to give free talk in Wellington

HammondZimbabwe01-smlNew Zealand photojournalist Robin Hammond will deliver a free lecture in Wellington later this month, speaking about his award-winning photography projects and the place of photojournalism in today's world. Hammond, whose recent work documenting the tragic mental health situation in Africa has earned him a raft of prestigious accolades, will be speaking at Wellington's Massey University on August 27, beginning at 6pm.

The photographer was this year awarded second place in the World Press Photo competition's Contemporary Issues – Stories category for his harrowing series of images examining the way those with mental health issues are treated in the desolated regions of Africa.

The images also appear in his book Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, a project that was awarded the prestigious W Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant, given annually to a photography working in the area of humanistic photography.

Having worked throughout the world documenting some of the most dire and dangerous situations around the globe – including being arrested on spying allegations while shooting in Zimbabwe – Hammond's talk will no doubt be a unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading photojournalists working today.

The lecture will be held in Theatrette 10A02 in the Museum Building at Massey University on Wednesday, August 27, running from 6-7.30pm, and is free to attend – register your interest here.

Image: Robin Hammond/Panos: 56-year-old Rosepina is HIV positive. She recently had a stroke likely related to her HIV infection. Her 59-year-old husband is also HIV positive. They are both on Anti-Retroviral Treatment. Rosepina is cared for by her 26-year-old daughter, Priscella.

Shooters at the Writer's Fest

Benge_HarveyThe Auckland Writer's Festival might not be the most obvious place to go for photographic advice, but a couple of events in this year's programme, in May, will be of keen interest to photographers. First up, local art photographer Harvey Benge will host a workshop entitled Stories with Pictures, in which he'll be sharing his considerable wisdom on how to tell a photo from bad, in our imagery-saturated world. Here's how the Festival puts it:

With more than 380 billion photographs taken each year, each telling a story, almost everybody these day considers themselves a photographer. But while seemingly easy, taking a great photograph is anything but. Art-based photographer Harvey Benge published his first photobook in 1993; twenty years on with more than 40 publications to his credit, Benge can spot a great picture from a dog. In this workshop he explains the distinction.

The event takes place from 2pm to 3.30pm on Friday, May 16 at the Goodman Fielder Room at the Aotea Centre – you can pick up tickets here.

Secondly, New Zealand bird photographer Brent Stephenson takes part in a weekend gallery session called The Great Avian Chase, in which he will tell tales of his extensive birding experiences throughout the country:

Brent Stephenson, birder extraordinaire and photographer for the wonderful Birds of New Zealand: A Photographic Guide takes Festival goers on a journey of love, loss, close calls and rediscoveries in our avian kingdom. From the huia and the takahe, to the magenta petrel (Chatham Island taiko), Stephenson charts the highs and lows of our local skies.

His talk takes place from 10.15am to 11.15am on Sunday, May 18 at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki – you can book tickets here.

Images: Top – Harvey Benge, bottom – Brent Stephenson

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