Festival Speaker Series
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Festival Kickoff

Photo by Adriana ZehbrauskasOnline discussion with Ed Kashi and Adriana Zehbrauskas. Moderated by Dudley Brooks. 
Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 pm ET via Zoom

VII photographers Ed Kashi and Adriana Zehbrauskas will engage in a lively discussion moderated Dudley Brooks, Washington Post Deputy Director of Photography, about pressing issues facing documentary photography today.

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Photography and the Struggle for Reproductive Rights

Photo by Robin FaderOnline discussion with Evelyn Hockstein, Robin Fader, and Edward Boches. Moderated by Maggie Soladay.
Thursday, March 28, 1:30 pm ET via Zoom

This panel will feature three photographers who have worked extensively on documenting the struggle for and against reproductive rights in the United States.

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The Impact of Generative AI and the Future of Visual Storytelling

Generative AIOnline discussion with Stephen Hart, Michael Christopher Brown, and Lauren Walsh. Moderated by Fred Ritchin
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 pm ET via Zoom

This panel will explore the transformative intersection of generative AI and photojournalism, documentary photography and other forms of visual storytelling. 

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Join us for an artist's talk at the Leica Gallery Boston and a party for the SDN Visual Storytelling Festival!

Oscar B. Castillo 
Photo by Oscar B. Castillo
Oscar will talk about his photobook—Esos Que Saben/Those Who Know—exploring life in prison, change, dreams, the Free Convict Hip Hop Collective and their journey from incarceration to freedom in Venezuela. 

Reception and book signing follows.

Thursday, April 11, 2024 
Leica Gallery Boston

74 Arlington Street, Boston
5:30 pm Doors open

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Shuttered Realities
Narratives of Culture and the Climate Crisis
Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 pm ET via Zoom

Photo by Jamie StillingsOnline presentation and discussion with Katie Orlinsky, Eli Reed, and Jamey Stillings. Moderated by Antonia Juhasz.
Join us for this informative and exciting virtual panel. Three world-class documentary photographers will discuss their unique perspectives on the intersection of climate change issues with documentary stories from the Arctic North to the desert South.

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Women Changing the Face of Documentary Photography
With Aida Muluneh, Smita Sharma, and Leah DeVun. Moderated by J. Sybylla Smith
Thursday, May 2, 12:00 pm ET via Zoom

Photo by Aida MulunehThis panel of women photographers will share examples of their work and discuss their innovative and alternative methods of documenting truth and reality. Their work strives to further understanding, influence awareness, and initiate reaction. It is consciously inclusive, collaborative, and transgressive. 

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Artist Talk with Sarah Fretwell and Natalya Saprunova
2024 First-Place ZEKE Award Winners

In-person and Zoom
Sarah Fretwell and Natalya Saprunova will be remote from California and the Canadian Arctic. We invite local guests to join us in-person at the Bridge Gallery in Cambridge and remote guests to join us by Zoom. An exhibition of all ZEKE Award winners will be available in the Bridge Gallery for viewing.

Natalya SaprunovaMonday, May 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm ET
Doors open for exhibition & reception at 7:00 pm ET
Live presentation and Zoom meeting begins at 7:30 pm ET
Bridge Gallery
4 Pemberton Street, Cambridge, MA 

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Shattering the Silence: Visual Stories of Human Trafficking
With Smita Sharma and Matilde Simas. Moderated by J. Sybylla Smith
Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 - 8:00 pm EDT
Leica Gallery Boston, 74 Arlington Street Boston, MA 

Photo by Smita SharmaTwo women photographers bring the human trafficking reality to light through stories of survivors and to introduce the matrix of organizations attempting to eliminate this global issue.

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