October 1, 2008

The Power of Elections: Photojournalism and the Democratic Process

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
6:30 pm ET
New York

In Person

Photojournalists Gary Fabiano, Timothy Fadek, Christopher Hondros, and John Smock; Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists; Christopher Power, Assistant Managing Editor, BusinessWeek, International Coverage

Moderator: James Hoge, Editor, Foreign Affairs

In the modern political arena, where most everything is staged or canned for the benefit of the press, the power of a single iconic image to reveal or condemn, celebrate or catalyze, remains as vital as ever. Long after the ballots have been counted, it is the work of the photojournalist that serves as the legitimizing document of the democratic process. In this seminar, a panel of noted photojournalists will share their experiences in covering elections around the globe, and will explore such topics as the relationship between democracy and a free press, the role of still photography in a twenty-four-hour television news cycle, and their collective responsibility as surrogate witnesses to the movement of history. 

A companion photography exhibit, "The Power of Elections: A Tribute to Photojournalists," will run at The Paley Center for Media in New York from October 3 to November 5, 2008.

Presented in conjunction with the International Center for Journalists

Funding for the Politics: Past, Present, & Future series has been provided by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.


Background Essay and Panelist Biographies


Photojournalism in the Age of Television
by Allen Glover, Assistant Curator, The Paley Center for Media
and Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists