Conversations

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

In Conversation with Matt Eich

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Matt Eich, 2009 Bright Spark Award Winner
Published September 28, 2018

Virginia-based photographer Matt Eich has spent the last decade developing a documentary photography practice that blurs spaces and genres. Picturing his family as well as others throughout the United States, he's built an extensive body of work that speaks about memory, belonging, identity, and collective consciousness; themes that are even more salient in today's sociopolitical climate. Candid, he shares some of the lessons he learned along the way, about balance, the creative process, the tensions between personal and journalistic endeavours and what the medium affords him.

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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.”

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.

© Rosie Brock

Photography 101: Reflections on Pursuing Formal Education

With Clea Christakos-Gee , Alia Youssef, Angeniet Berkers, Fehn Foss, Nicholas Aiden, Rachel Cicoria, Rosie Brock, Sabrina Santiago
Published August 30, 2018

While there's no single recipe to becoming a successful photographer, institutions are developing training programs that promise to set you on your way. A few weeks before school resumes, Flash Forward Flash Back intern and Ryerson student, Clea Christakos-Gee convened a group of peers to reflect on their training. What were they hoping for? Were those expectations met? And what do universities need to do better?

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