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Navigating the media industry - Photographer's Perspective

For many photographers today – and especially for those whose practice is documentary - accepting and pursuing commissions and assignments within the media industry helps to build and contribute to a sustainable career. Through a series of talks and online courses, we will take a closer look at the dynamics of this industry.

Sign up for the conversation on 17 August and learn more about how to navigate the territory between your own practice and the media industry at large. This second edition will focus on working on assignments from the perspective of the photographer.

Want to learn more? On 7 September, we will dive deeper into the subject during the online course Collaborations, Collectives & Copyright (link online soon).

Photographer's perspective

Photographers are positioned as intermediaries between commercial partners and their audience, and many young talents are asked to collaborate with these commercial partners because they have a certain kind of cache: a particular aesthetic, unique access to or understanding of particular communities, cultures or environments, perhaps their own established audience, and so on.

This second conversation engages with a selection of photographers who are at different stages in their careers. They consider these ethical dilemmas in relation to the role of the photographer on assignment today, as well as the responsibilities of the individual when working on commissions.

Moderation by Aaron Schuman (photographer, writer, teacher)

Guest speakers include:
Myriam Boulos (photographer, Lebanon)

Bieke Depoorter (photographer, Belgium)

Rahim Fortune (photographer, United States)

From the series Tell The Trees To Smile © Myriam Boulos.

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Archive of Public Protests © Rafal Milach / Magnum Photos.

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Magnum Photos Paris and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation. It is curated by Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, and Mirjam Kooiman, curator of Foam.

Foam is supported by de VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

In 2022 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and receives a contribution through the Mondriaan Fund from the Ministerie van OCW.

From the series I can’t stand to see you cry © Rahim Fortune.The mounted lifeUntitledOn Earth tour - Hinde HaestStill from the On Earth Tour: Mishka Henner

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