Lauren Walsh: Through the Lens
Jun 9, 2022 | 7:30pm
Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
Join the BDC for a conversation and book signing with author, and educator, Dr. Lauren Walsh, as she discusses her new book Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter with visual editor Natalia Jiménez.
2020 was a period of groundbreaking social and political upheaval, in combination with a colossal epidemiological crisis—and it urgently redefined the working conditions of photojournalists. The historic 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the devastating Covid-19 pandemic presented unique challenges for photojournalism, forcing photographers into a terrain defined by new ethical, technological, and safety (emotional and physical) concerns, as well as innovative attacks on press freedom.
Through a series of interviews—with top photographers who covered 2020’s biggest crises, as well as key photo editors who grappled with these unprecedented obstacles inside the newsroom—Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter unpacks the industry’s most critical debates as it sheds light on the experiences and thought processes of the visual journalists themselves. Importantly, this book encourages readers to consider the efforts behind the camera lens: the challenges and risks visual journalists face to bring us the news in pictures.
Richly illustrated with evocative photos, Through the Lens is a timely and vital look at the role photojournalism serves in a world of crisis. It is a powerful follow-up to Lauren Walsh’s previous title, Conversations on Conflict Photography, which offers a crucial exploration of the visual documentation of war and humanitarian crisis.
Dr. Lauren Walsh teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the Director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory. A leading expert on contemporary photojournalism, with a specialty in coverage of conflict and crisis, her books include: “Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter” and “Conversations on Conflict Photography.”
HEADER IMAGE: Smoke rises from a burning police cruiser during the Justice for George Floyd Philadelphia protest, May 30, 2020. Photo by Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer
INTERIOR IMAGES (L-R): During the Corpus Christi mass in Lima’s main cathedral, Archbishop Carlos Castillo swings a censer, spreading incense before more than 5,000 portraits of people who died from Covid-19, Peru, June 14, 2020. At this time, more than 225,000 had been infected in the country. Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP
Cover of Lauren Walsh's book. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images