Future Tuesday: Instagram storytelling and digital photojournalism

  • March 28, 2017
  • 6:30-8:15pm
  • The Old Bakery at MEAA 245 Chalmers Street Redfern, NSW

Everyone has a camera — but only a few become Instagram stars. For our March Future Tuesday, we’ve invited two prolific, popular and very talented photographers whose adroit use of Instagram has garnered thousands of fans. They’ll talk about their approaches to shooting, writing, building a following and engaging with people, whether IRL or online. How can this app be a tool for storytellers and journalists? And if you want, you’ll have a chance to put their tips into practice with a mini-photo shoot and critique.

Arrive at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

Speakers include:

David Maurice Smith (@davidmauricesmith) is a freelance documentary photographer whose work focuses on the issues facing marginalised communities. He is a Pulitzer Center Grantee and in 2016 he won the Photoessay category of the Nikon-Walkley Photography Awards, for his work documenting refugees entering Europe, and was a finalist for Freelancer of the Year. Smith has been a member of the Oculi Photographic Collective since 2012. His clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. davidmauricesmith.com

Annette Widitz (@dawa_lhamo) is a photographer and traveller. Annette’s practice lies in the connection between humans and the natural environment. Over the past two years Annette has received eight honourable mentions in the Mobile Photography Awards and was a finalist in the 2016 Head On Photo Festival’s Mobile Prize.

Future Fridays (and sometimes Tuesdays) are the Walkleys’ informal talks on the state of the industry, craft and technology of journalism. We present speakers from Australia and abroad, for discussions focused on innovation and practical takeaways. What better way to wind down the workday than with some professional inspiration and networking drinks?

Image by David Maurice Smith from his Walkley-winning photographic essay “Refugee crisis in the Balkans”. An amputee walks with crutches along Hungary’s M1 highway while another, using a crutch and wearing only socks, carries his prosthetic leg. The man in socks had lent his shoes to the amputee. The two Syrians were part of a group of migrants who were blocked from boarding any trains. They took matters into their own hands and set out to walk the 175 kilometres to the Austrian border.