Reporters Without Borders

101 Photos for Press Freedom at FotoWeekDC 2012

Published on Friday 2 November 2012.
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101 Photos for Press Freedom, a powerful exhibition of photography – including work made by some of the world’s greatest photojournalists – will be presented by Reporters Without Borders in partnership with Magnum Photos, as a highlight of the 5th Anniversary FotoWeekDC Festival, November 9 – 18, 2012

For the 25th year anniversary of Reporters Without Borders, the prestigious Magnum Photos offered the organization the use of 101 photos in a publication dedicated to the cause of press freedom.

This collection showcases 101 photos by our century’s greatest photographers, including: René Burri, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raymond Depardon, Elliott Erwitt, Jim Goldberg, Joseph Koudelka, Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin and Marc Riboud.

Copyright © Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos PAKISTAN. Peshawar. 1984. Afghan Girl at Nasir Bagh refugee camp.

The photo collection was transformed into an exhibition for the first time this year in the United States, exhibited in Boston in April and in Washington, D.C., on-view at the FotoWeekDCCentral Hub at The Warner Building, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

“It is only fitting that this moving exhibition be presented in our nation’s capital during D.C.’s annual celebration of photography,” said Theo Adamstein, founder and executive director of FotoDC. “The exhibition represents the exceptional contribution that the photojournalist community makes to the field of photography – and to our understanding of the world.”

The collection traces the social and political history of the last 70 years. From the Spanish civil war in 1936, the Normandy landings in 1944, the May 68 demonstrations in Paris and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, to the recent crisis in Iran and the war in Georgia, these Magnum photos recreate the major events of our era.

Copyright © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos USA. North Carolina. 1950.

“Many of the photographers featured in the Reporters Without Borders show immortalized the major events of the 20th century in iconic images that have shaped our collective memory,” said Delphine Halgand, D.C. Director.

Reporters Without Borders’ sponsored events

Transforming Society through Photos: The Role of Free and Independent Photojournalism On November 14 at 7 p.m., the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design will present a public program in conjunction with the exhibition. Magnum photographers Larry Towell and Peter van Agtmael will examine the role of free and independent photojournalism in society. MaryAnne Golon, Director of Photography at The Washington Post moderates the discussion, and Delphine Halgand, D.C. Director of Reporters without Borders, introduces the evening. For tickets, visit

Arab Spring & Aftermath On November 16 at 7pm, OpenShow will intoduce six photographers and filmmakers who will explore the genesis, conflict, and aftermath of this historical (and ongoing) seismic change. For tickets, visit

Multimedia Storytelling @ MediaStorm with Brian Storm On November 17 from 10am to 5pm, Brian Storm, Founder and Executive Producer of MediaStorm, will examine how some of the top photojournalists have redefined their storytelling capabilities to include audio reporting and an eye towards publication in multiple media. Their work is capturing acclaim around the world in a time when reader’s attention spans are running short. Storytelling opportunities continue to evolve as a result of technological innovations and an expanding media universe. The digital age is giving documentary photographers and photojournalists extraordinary new ways to tell stories. With this new ability, you can also exercise a greater level of authorship with your work. How can the long-form, in-depth visual storyteller satisfy both their journalistic and financial needs in this environment? Learn how to disseminate your work to create an impact on the subject, issue and hopefully society.

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ABOUT FOTOWEEKDC The 5th Annual FotoWeekDC will present the very best in fine art photography, photojournalism, and all new programming. In addition to a selection of outstanding exhibitions, the festival is comprised of seminars, lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews, photo book displays, special events, and receptions.

FotoWeekDC is made possible by support from the following generous foundations and sponsors: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, Open Society Foundations, Destination DC, Goethe-Institut Washington, Lindblad Expeditions, National Geographic, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the ASMP Foundation, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, B&H Photo Video, Adobe, The Washington Post, ASMP, Leica Store DC, The Dupont Hotel, Local 16, and Blurb.

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