Roundtable

Each month, we’ll be hosting a roundtable with photographers in hopes of engaging discussion on questions of representation, ethics, responsibility, aesthetics and/or process.

Victims and Perpetrators: Covering Climate Change

With Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Carol Devine, Gregg Segal, Nichole Sobecki, Benjamin Petit
Published December 16, 2018

The increasing devastating speed at which our climate is transforming is no news. Its effects, however, from massive wildfires to flash floods, hurricanes, droughts, and the likes, frequently make the headlines. Still, while often stated, the connections between these dramatic situations and us are largely disregarded. Five photographers from the Western hemisphere whose practice focuses on the health of our global environment discuss how and why they attempt to raise consciousness, what challenges they face and the need to be humble and transparent.

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Conversations

Every month, we’ll be catching up with a past Flash Forward winner to see what they’re up to today.

Portrait Matthew Brooks

In Conversation with Matthew Brooks

Photos & Words by Matthew Brooks, 2017 Flash Forward Winner
Published November 20, 2018

Montreal-based photographer Matthew Brooks uses his 8x10 large format camera to create images that play with the viewer’s idea of reality. His work toys with our concept of the photograph as a document, destabilizing the divide between fact and fiction. In discussion with Fehn Foss, Brooks looks at where he is drawing his references from, where his practice began, and where it is going.

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Jurors Choices

Once a month, one of this year’s Flash Forward juror will reveal the reasons behind their choices.

Lag BaOmer from Kiryas Joel by Jackson Krule

Kiryas Joel

Photos by Jackson Krule, 2018 Flash Forward Winner
Published November 7, 2018

Ahead of a journey abroad, Dan Gaba, photo editor at the Wall Street Journal and 2018 Flash Forward juror, reflects on what he learned during a road trip more than a decade ago and what the photos of Jackson Krule, one of this year's winners, reminded him to do.

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On Our Radar

The following photo projects, publications, exhibitions, discussions, and events inspired and amazed us, since we feel they help move the field forward.

San Francisco photographer Laura Morton (winner 2016) has received the 2018 Canon Female Photojournalist Award. After documenting the budding tech industry and startup culture in California, a project entitled Wild West Tech and made possible by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, she plans on focusing her lens on the economic divide in the Bay Area that can be observed between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. “One street, University Avenue, runs through the heart of both communities,” she explains “I will be using the street as a microcosm, documenting the stories of the individuals who live and work along it, to illustrate the stark economic divide between these two communities.”

Alongside the exhibition of Roger Ballen’s work There Is No Light Outside, curated by Jonathan Hobin (winner 2012) now the Creative and Executive Director of the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa,  a panel with art historian and curator, Patrick Lynn Rivers, social scientist, Charles Reeve, and, artist, Jennifer Dickson, moderated by scholar, curator and activist Dr. Monica Patterson will be taking place on September 14th. The four critical thinkers will discuss the “issues and concepts” brought forward by the South African photographer’s controversial “exploration of the shadowy depths of human consciousness.”

Jess T. Dugan (winner 2015) spent the past 5 years making portraits of older transgender people. The resulting book To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults is out now. In FF/FB inaugural roundtable, A Rainbow of Nuances: Reporting LGBTQ+ Stories, she explains “One of the reasons I wanted to start photographing older trans folks was that I heard from a young trans man who had found one of my images of an older man whom he assumed was trans, but he wasn’t, which in some ways is irrelevant to the story. He wrote this very moving paragraph about how he had never seen an older trans man and had no road map for what he would look like as he got older.”