Jurors Choices

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

Urban Legend

Photos by Lawrence Sumulong, 2018 Flash Forward Runner-up
Published September 13, 2018

In his series "Urban Legend", Lawrence Sumulong is not chasing the supernatural, but rather evoking the past of the Manila Film Centre, an imposing brutalist building in the Philippines' capital, and by the same token expounding the country's history.

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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.”


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

Portrait of Simon Roberts

In conversation with Simon Roberts

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Simon Roberts, 2006 Brights Spark Award Winner
Published August 3, 2018

A glimpse through British photographer, Simon Roberts news section is dizzying. His work is on view at Side Gallery in Newcastle, UK, at the National Maritime Museum in London. It was also featured in the past few months at Cortona on the Move, PhotoLondon, AIPAD, to name but a few. And a new monograph, "Merrie Albion – Landscapes Studies of a Small Island," was published at the end of 2017. How does he do it? Self-reflection, balance and patience.

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