Images and the Press

Thursday this week at the Old Lecture Theatre, Westminster University in Regent St, London, at 7pm, Media Workers Against the War are hosting a debate ‘Iraq 5 years on – How the media sells war and why” with Dahr Jamail, Iraqi independent journalist and author of “Beyond the Green Zone“, the Guardian‘s Nick Davies, author of “Flat Earth News“, Kim Sengupta, defence and diplomatic correspondent of the Independent and Lindsey German, national convenor of the Stop the War Coalition.

The venue is 2 minutes walk north of Oxford Circus and tickets can be bought on line – £5, £3(concessions.)

In their mailing, MWAW give a number of links to the ‘iconic’ image of the toppling of Saddam’s statue in Baghdad, the most memorable image from the Iraq invasion until we saw those pictures taken by soldiers of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, showing clearing how this event was staged for and misrepresented by the media. One of the best of the links is an interview with eye-witness Neville Watson on Australian TV, together with footage of the scene in a You-tube video.

For a rather different story about photographing the news, read the Reuters blog, in which their senior Bangkok photographer Adrees Latif describes how he took the pictures of the killing of Japanese video journalist Kenjii Nagai which have just won Latif the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Latif’s story gives a real description of the problems of covering such protests. You can see a larger version of his winning picture on the Pulitzer site. Also on the same site is the series of nineteen colour images, an intimate chronicle of a family coping with a parent’s terminal illness, which gained Preston Gannaway of the Concord Monitor her Pulitzer for Feature Photography.

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