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Friday, June 8
 

9:30am

Welcome to #FOTS18 with Chris Suspect
Opening remarks, what to expect and how to get the most out of your time at the festival.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Suspect

Chris Suspect

Chris Suspect is a street and documentary photographer from the Washington, DC area.His work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited at various venues in the U.S, Germany, Belgium, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 9:30am - 9:50am
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS

10:00am

Build the Wall or Tear it Down? How Visual Storytelling Shapes American Identity
Visual artists Kara Frame, Muriel Hasbun and Griselda San Martín will show selections of their projects and explore photography and media arts as vehicles for representation and the construction of identity. Advocating for first person narratives, these three artists will talk about their own process in establishing connection and empathy while creating counter-stories –often unseen and untold narratives that give us a more complete picture of who lives in our communities.


Speakers
avatar for Kara Frame

Kara Frame

Kara Frame is a video producer at NPR. Based out of Washington, D.C., she pursues personal projects in her free time; often focusing on issues surrounding veterans and women. Kara graduated with a masters of art in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran School of the Arts and... Read More →
avatar for Muriel Hasbun

Muriel Hasbun

Muriel Hasbun’s expertise as an artist and as an educator focuses on issues of cultural identity, migration and memory.Hasbun’s awards and distinctions include: CENTER’s Curator’s Choice, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, the Howard Chapnick Grant/W. Eugene Smith Memorial... Read More →
avatar for Griselda San Martin

Griselda San Martin

Griselda San Martin is a Spanish documentary photographer based in New York City. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s Documentary Photography program and holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado. Griselda is interested in in-depth stories... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS

10:00am

Crafting Compelling Narratives -- Open Critique Session
Instructors will review and critique the images that participants created during their Day 1 assignment. Edits will be done in a group setting so that all participants and observers can benefit from the process of learning how to approach their work and process critically.



Speakers
avatar for André Chung

André Chung

André is an award-winning photojournalist and portrait photographer, specializing in capturing moments, conveying emotion and communicating messages with images. He was a staff photographer for more than twelve years at the Baltimore Sun, and before that he was on staff at the Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Carl Juste

Carl Juste

Under the threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl-Philippe Juste and his politically active family were forced to flee their homeland in 1965.  Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Juste flourished academically and attended the University of Miami.  He vigorously pursued photojournalism... Read More →
avatar for Pablo Martinez Monsivías

Pablo Martinez Monsivías

Pablo Martinez Monsivías is the son of a migrant laborer and the first of his siblings to be born in the United States. He grew up in Chicago’ Mexican-American community of Little Villages, where he was immersed in its particular immigrant experience. After graduating with a degree... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Nitze Room 417 John Hopkins SAIS

1:00pm

WPOW: The Emotional Toll of Visual Storytelling
The Emotional Toll of Visual Storytelling is a panel discussion organized by the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW).

Conveying human interest stories often require journalists to take physical and emotional risks. These risks are now compounded by the challenges of operating during an era of fake news and intense criticism of the press.  Despite all of this, journalists continue their work in an effort to shed light on underreported issues that affect our society.

Join a panel of women photojournalists and filmmakers as they share their long-term projects, discuss the emotional toll, and offer methods for staying balanced.


Speakers
avatar for Gabriella Demczuk

Gabriella Demczuk

Gabriella Demczuk is a Lebanese-American photographer, printmaker and journalist based between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md.Born in Sweden but raised in Luxembourg, Belgium and later the United States, she studied fine arts and journalism at The George Washington University... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Cheng Krist

Elizabeth Cheng Krist

Elizabeth Cheng Krist, a long-time photo editor with National Geographic magazine, curated Women of Vision, and is currently working on another book and exhibition, on China. She has helped produce the National Geographic Photography Seminar for many years. Krist has judged for POYi... Read More →
avatar for Moriah Ratner

Moriah Ratner

Moriah Ratner is a photojournalism student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. An opportunity to shadow Doug Mills, a New York Times photographer at the White House, sparked Moriah's interest in covering politics. During the summer of 2016... Read More →
avatar for Poh Si Teng

Poh Si Teng

Poh Si Teng is an Emmy-nominated director and senior commissioning producer in the documentaries department at Al Jazeera English (International). She looks after documentary commissions from the Americas for WITNESS, the channel’s award-winning flagship character-led observational strand. She recently commissioned and senior produced Venezuela: Smuggling Dreams, Children of the FARC and Deportees Welcome: Between MS-13 and Call Centers.Poh is also a former journalist for The New York Times, where she received an Emmy nomination and awards... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS
 
Saturday, June 9
 

11:00am

Aperture Conversations: Duane Michals with Chris Boot
Duane Michals is a unique figure in photography. His staged sequences and stories, ranging from jokes about the nature of photography, to profound observations on human desire and frailty, (and often both), are defined by Michals’ singular voice, aesthetic and humor.

Since the 1960s, his performances-for-the-camera have shaped the possibilities of photography, while his wide ranging and prolific practice includes portraiture and assignment work. In conversation with Michals, Chris Boot will explore his journey in photography, including – on the day Washington DC celebrates LGBTQ Pride, 49 years after Stonewall – his contribution to queer sensibility and culture.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Boot

Chris Boot

Chris Boot became executive director of Aperture Foundation in 2010. Previously, he was director of London’s Photo Co-op (since renamed Photofusion), an independent photography education center; director of Magnum Photos, first in London, and then in New York; and editorial director... Read More →
avatar for Duane Michals

Duane Michals

From Wikipedia:“Michals’s work makes innovative use of photo-sequences, often incorporating text to examine emotion and philosophy.Michals’s interest in art “began at age 14 while attending watercolor university classes at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh.” In 1953 he... Read More →


Saturday June 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS
 
Sunday, June 10
 

9:30am

Salwan Georges: An Iraqi Journey in America
During a heated presidential campaign that at times focused attention on immigration and Muslims, Washington Post photographer Salwan Georges set out in mid-2016 to capture the everyday lives of an Arab-American Muslim immigrant family, a family not unlike his own. Aiming to demystify people who at times had been characterized as a threat to America, Georges found the Almuna family in Michigan, a couple raising three sons in the midwest.

New York Times Senior Photographer James Estrin, co-editor of Lens, the Times' photography blog, will moderate.

Speakers
avatar for James Estrin

James Estrin

James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. He is also a founder of Lens, the Times’s photography blog and  co-edits it with David Gonzalez.  Mr. Estrin has worked for the Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001.Mr. Estrin... Read More →
avatar for Salwan Georges

Salwan Georges

Salwan Georges, an Iraqi-American staff photojournalist at the Washington Post, based in Washington, D.C. Georges started his career as a staff photographer at the Detroit Free Press. In 2016, he was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year in Michigan.


Sunday June 10, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS

11:00am

Building and Sustaining the Dream Project: Havana and Haiti -- Two Cultures, One Community
A conversation regarding the making, organizing, and producing Iris PhotoCollective's first book, "Havana and Haiti: Two Cultures, One Community."

The book, which juxtaposes the geography, political life, and culture of the two island nations - Cuba and Haiti, is more than 11 years in the making. The project began in 1992 when Carl Juste, one of the four founders of Iris PhotoCollective, found himself in Guantanamo, at a refuge detainment camp.  

For the first time, Cubans and Haitians shared the same INS limbo, though Cubans waited for transfer to the U.S. mainland, while Haitians waited for the repatriation to the hell they had tried to escape.

Juste assembled some of the best print journalists both in the written and visual narratives to add their perspectives to this historic project.  Under the creative direction of Luis Rios, the IPC's photo editor and guidance of the project director, Lissette Mendez, the idea turned into an exhibition and and now has become a reality with an exhibition and book launch funded by the Knight Art Challenge grant in Fall 2018 at the Coral Gables Museum.









Speakers
avatar for André Chung

André Chung

André is an award-winning photojournalist and portrait photographer, specializing in capturing moments, conveying emotion and communicating messages with images. He was a staff photographer for more than twelve years at the Baltimore Sun, and before that he was on staff at the Chicago... Read More →
avatar for C.W. Griffin

C.W. Griffin

C.W. Griffin, a photographer working in Miami has taught at the University of Miami for 12 years, and has been a staff photographer at The Miami Herald for the past 28 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and while serving in the military he was the first African-American... Read More →
avatar for Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy is  a contract photojournalist with Zuma Press. She is formerly a photographer for The Washington Post. She has won the Pulitzer Prize four times—one of four people to do so, and the only journalist with that achievement.
avatar for Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Leonard Garvey Pitts Jr.  is an American commentator, journalist and novelist. He is a nationally syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He was originally hired by the Miami Herald to critique music, but within a few years he received his own column... Read More →
avatar for Carl Juste

Carl Juste

Under the threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl-Philippe Juste and his politically active family were forced to flee their homeland in 1965.  Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Juste flourished academically and attended the University of Miami.  He vigorously pursued photojournalism... Read More →
avatar for Pablo Martinez Monsivías

Pablo Martinez Monsivías

Pablo Martinez Monsivías is the son of a migrant laborer and the first of his siblings to be born in the United States. He grew up in Chicago’ Mexican-American community of Little Villages, where he was immersed in its particular immigrant experience. After graduating with a degree... Read More →
avatar for Luis Rios

Luis Rios

San Antonio Express-News Director of Photography Luis Rios is a national award-winning editor whose editing work is highlighted by two Pulitzer Prizes, a RFK Photojournalism Award, two Scripps Howard Photojournalism Awards and several National Headliners and World Press photography... Read More →


Sunday June 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS

3:50pm

Closing Session - Live Judging of the EyeEm 72-Hour Challenge with Glen Echo Photoworks
Live judging of the EyeEm 72-hour Challenge with a jury of instructors from Glenn Echo Photoworks.

Explore the nation’s capital with your camera and enter your best shots in our live photo challenge. Shoot photos in D.C. from Thursday through Sunday morning and enter them in the “EyeEm Photo Challenge.” Just create a  free account at EyeEm.com — the world’s largest photo community — and upload your entries by 9 a.m. Sunday morning, tagging them #EyeEmDC.

Entry is free and you do not have to be registered in the festival to participate. We’ll pick the winners during a live judging session, which will be open to the public, on Sunday afternoon to close the festival.

We won't be able to ship the prizes, so you must be present for the judging to collect an award.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Davis

Scott Davis

Scott Davis teaches large format and historic photo processes at Glen Echo Photoworks, specializing in platinum/palladium printing. He got his start in the medium over 25 years ago, originally as a means to an end, but quickly fell in love with photography in its own right. He got... Read More →
avatar for Karen Keating

Karen Keating

Karen Keating earned an M.F.A in photography at Maryland Institute College of Art and studied at the Corcoran School and the Maine and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops with Keith Carter, Arno Minkennan and Eugene Richards. She has been a photography studio teacher at The Field School... Read More →
avatar for Na’ama Batya Lewin

Na’ama Batya Lewin

Na’ama Batya Lewin is a photographer and a multimedia video artist living in Maryland. Her work has been screened and exhibited across the US including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California, and the International Center of Photography... Read More →
avatar for Gayle Rothschild

Gayle Rothschild

Gayle Rothschild began studying fine art photography at Photoworks in 1978.  She earned an MFA from the University of Maryland and began her teaching career at Photoworks in 1983, also teaching at Trinity and Montgomery Colleges and Visual Arts in Rockville.  Her work has been exhibited... Read More →


Sunday June 10, 2018 3:50pm - 5:00pm
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS