The Enduring Importance of Photojournalism

A talk by Ben Edwards

1—1 oct 2013


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With the dismissal of photographic staff from The Chicago Sun-Times, news photography in general is having to address, yet again, the uncertainty that a career as a professional news photographer might become a scarce position in the near future. iPhones, citizen journalism, AP, Reuters, Getty et al. have been instrumental in the way news is gathered and disseminated. Economics and global economy can not be ignored in current trends of employment. Ben Edwards, a former international news and current documentary photographer, will be talking about the contemporary  trends in news photography, the historical lineage of news/documentary photography and where this might all be leading, with our current exhibition of works by former Sun-Times photographer John H. White as a backdrop.
Ben Edwards is a photographer/ film maker and the Course leader of MA Photojornalism at the University of Westminster. His current practice migrates between personal projects, commercial assignments and stock photography/footage. He is one of the founder members of Blendimages LLC and Director of ER Productions Ltd. His stills and film work is represented by Getty Images and Corbis. His personal work is in notable public collections in the UK and USA, V&A and The MOMA Houston, Texas, and in private collections globally.


The event runs from 7:00 pm on Tuesday October 1st, 2013 at 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB and will last for approximately an hour.

Tickets cost £6 in advance online (click “BUY TICKETS” above left) and £7 on the door. Concessionary tickets for students (£4) are available on the door with student ID.

Our talks are open to everyone. We recommend arriving promptly as seating is limited.