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.

Portrait of Kali Spitzer's sister

The Undeniable Strangeness of Photography: Representing with Dignity

With Amber Bracken, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Bénédicte Desrus, Endia Beal, Kali Spitzer, Stephen Mayes
Published July 8, 2018

Dignity and photography have long had a tense relationship. More often than not, especially when it comes to documentary and photojournalism, people are pictured at their most vulnerable, when facing tragic circumstances. However, as the photographers involved in this discussion share and demonstrate in their work, respect for those in front of their lens must always be paramount. But what does that mean exactly? How do artists and documentarians honour the dignity of those they are representing? And how can the care put in the act of making a photograph be clearly communicated with the audience?

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Masha, 20 years old. First-time offender, sentenced to 6 years.

Section / Faces

Showing the Impacts of Institutionalisation

Photos & Words by Elena Anosova, Flash Forward 2018 Winner
Published June 21, 2018

The work entered in Flash Forward this year spanned genres beyond the traditional reportage and fine art. Some of the projects existed in the space between the two. Having grown up in a house of artists and starting my secondary education in fine art but finishing in photojournalism, I find this space particularly interesting.

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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.

Speaking of books, Guillaume Simoneau (winner 2008 and 2010), released his second opus, Experimental Lake. The images are as uncanny as the subject matter is intriguing; an area in Northern Ontario where 58 lakes act as laboratories.

Photo by Brian Adamns, from Natives Photograph

And, earlier this spring, the database Natives Photograph, which seeks to elevate the work of Indigenous visual storyteller by making it easier for photo editor, curators and art directors to find and hire photographers from those communities was launched. It joins a growing list of such directory, including Women Photograph, and Diversify Photo that aim to create a more inclusive and diverse photo industry.

Photo by Ina Jang

Ina Jang’s (winner 2011) series Utopia, was on view at the James Foley Gallery in New York and featured in the New Yorker. Cutting out images of women from Japanese and Korean magazines akin to Playboy and photographing only their contours, she created a series that demonstrates how the poses favoured by these publications are meant to make the models appear passive and inviting, attributes that then translate into how men believe women ought to behave. A sharp commentary in the age of the #MeToo movement.

Conversations

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

Portrait of artist Rachel Burns

In conversation with Rachel Burns

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Rachel Burns, Flash Forward Incubator 2017
Published June 14, 2018

At 18, Etobicoke School of the Arts recent graduate, Rachel Burns made the headlines for the receiving offers from over 25 universities, often accompanied with scholarships and financial aid that, when combined, total 2.2 million dollars. But more than those numbers, it’s her artistic prowess that deserves our attention.

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