This N' That: A Weekly Roundup of Photographic News
by Erik Nielsen
Whitney Museum Employees Demand Answers
Days after HyperAllergic posted an article detailing the Whitney Museum’s connection to the migrant crisis at the United States border, 100 plus staffers at the museum have signed a letter demanding their employers provide answers to the allegations. Warren B. Kanders, vice-chairman of the Whitney had purchased a defense company called “Safariland” in 2012 for $122 million. The logo for the company appeared on the tear-gas canisters that were launched at the asylum seeking migrants on November 25th.
The employees who signed listed their current demands, which includes acknowledgment from the Whitney’s board, the considering of Kanders’ resignation, a museum-wide forum for employees to discuss related policy issues, and the creation of a clear policy for trustees going forward.
You can read the letter in it’s entirety, here.
Chinese photographer Lu Guang disappears
Three time World Press Photo winner Lu Guang has been missing for a month after being detained by national security officers in the city Xinjiang on November 3rd, a region notorious for its Orwellian security measures and heavy police presence. After not being able to reach him, his wife reported news of his disappearance on social media.
The award winning photojournalist is known for his pictures highlighting environmental pollution and people who live on the margins of Chinese society. You can wacth an interview Lu did with World Press Photo, here.
Magnum Launches Online Street Photography Course
In the same vein of the online Masterclass courses, Magnum has announced it’s new 10-part online street photography course. At the price of 99$, The Art of Street Photography features lessons on techniques, technicalities and creative ideas to hone in on your photographic abilities. The online course offered by Magnum will feature these 7 photographers: Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Susan Meiselas, Richard Kalvar, Carolyn Drake, Peter van Agtmael and Mark Power.
You can read more about Magnum’s first online course, here.
Angkor Photo Festival
The Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia will return this year for the 14th time as southeast Asia’s longest running international photography exhibition. The festival will also include artist talks, photo book displays, workshops and free portfolio reviews. The director of the festival Jessica Lim says, “One of our long-term aims is to help encourage the development of uniquely Asian approaches and perspectives to photography.” The festival will also be featuring the World Press Photo Exhibition and work from Maggie Steber, Fan Ho and Shoji Ueda who are among the 40 photographers being showcased.
The festival will be free to the public, running from December 8th to December 18th. More information on the festival can be seen, here.