Past Event

The Lens as Witness: Photojournalism in the Times of Covid-19

September 30, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Time: 6:30 pm (India) | 1:00 pm (GMT) | 9:00 am (New York)  

Iconic images give flesh to how we remember significant moments in history. Over the last few months as many were confined indoors around the world, images became a way to remember our former lives and also act now as a bridge to understand developing new realities around us.  

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to an online panel discussion on the role, scope and challenges of photojournalism in bearing witness and recording history during the current pandemic, featuring experts who will draw from their own work and experiences:
● Nina Berman, documentary photographer and Columbia University Professor of Journalism
● Danish Siddiqui, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and head of the Reuters Pictures team in India 
 Ravina Aggarwal, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai 


About the Panelists:

Nina Berman

Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author, and Professor of Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she directs the photography program.  Professor Berman’s wide-ranging works look at American politics, militarism, environmental contamination and post violence trauma, and her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than a hundred venues- from the security walls of a Syrian refugee camp to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.  She is the author of Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, (2004) portraits and interviews with wounded American veterans, Homeland, (2008) a look at the militarization in post September 11 America, and most recently, An Autobiography of Miss Wish (2017) a story told with a survivor of sexual violence which was shortlisted for the Aperture and Arles book prizes.  Her other fellowships, awards and grants include the New York Foundation for the Arts, the World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, the Open Society Foundation, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the Aftermath Project.  Professor Berman is also a member of the photography and film collective NOOR images, which comprises a network of global, multilingual journalists, authors, photographers, artists and filmmakers documenting, investigating and witnessing our world.

Danish Siddiqui

Danish Siddiqui is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and the head of the international news agency, Reuters Pictures team in India.  As a photojournalist, Mr. Siddiqui has covered several important stories in Asia, Middle East and Europe and some of his works include covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Rohingya refugee crisis, Hong Kong protests, Nepal earthquake and living conditions of asylum seekers in Switzerland, and has also produced a photo series on Muslim converts in England.  Before making his foray into photojournalism, Mr. Siddiqui was a television correspondent with one of India’s leading news networks.  His work has been widely published in various leading international magazines, newspapers, slideshows and galleries including National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, NPR, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, Bangkok Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Stern, The Independent, Gulf News and various other publications.  Mr. Siddiqui is the recipient of various photojournalism awards in the U.S.A., England, China and India.