Conversations

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

Q&A with May Truong

Published March 20, 2019

A desire for more diverse representation in front and behind the lens inspires May Truong's personal projects, which she'll be sharing on the @MagentaFoundation Instagram this week.

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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.

Female Dynamics: The Presence of Women in Commercial Photography

With Heather Morton, Jill Greenberg, Julia Menassa, Kristina Dittmar, Michelle Yee, Mackenzie Stroh, Setareh Sarmadi
Published February 21, 2019

As the #MeToo movement as shown, no industry sector is immune from the throes of gender inequity. In editorial and commercial photography, men still largely outnumber women, despite the fact that much of advertising and is geared towards a more feminine audience. However, the status quo may not endure much longer; photographers, producers and creative directors are fighting for change, either through personal endeavours or collective undertakings. Five photographers and art producers, in discussion with Heather Morton, explain why and how.

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Jurors Choices

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

How to Catch the Eyes of the 2019 Jurors

Published January 11, 2019

Personal. Diverse. Challenging. Thoughtful. Thought-provoking. Honest. Surprising. Raw. These are but a few of the qualities that the 2019 Flash Forward jurors are looking for in winning submissions. Read what a few of them are excited about seeing this year.

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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.”