Magnum Foundation

Magnum Foundation

A Right to the Image: Panel discussion


Monday June 15, 7:00 p.m. at the IFC Center
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On June 15, Magnum Foundation president Susan Meiselas will be in conversation with with Charif Kiwan and Pamela Yates as a part of this year’s ‪Human Rights Watch Film Festival - #HRWFF.

Susan recently spoke at the 2015 Skoll World Forum, discussing the role that photographers - and photographs - play in our collective understanding of both the events of our time and of our past. 

In our hyper-mediatized world, victims of wars and mass violations of human rights are often depicted in terms of bodies rather than individuals. Representations of human suffering and injustice are not only aesthetic choices; they are also political and ethical choices. In an era where images can be captured in one place and consumed instantly around the world, certain paradoxes and dilemmas are relevant to all legal systems. As an active practitioner with decades of experience, Susan is constantly grappling with and reflecting on these questions, choices, and challenges. 

We look forward this discussion around the proposed concept of “a right to the image”—complex, multilayered, and not associated with any single right but a group of rights that protect the dignity of subjects, as well as the integrity of the journalists, filmmakers, photographers, and researchers who work in these situations.


  • Charif Kiwan: Co-founder of and spokesperson for the 
    Abounaddara Collective
  • Pamela Yates: Filmmaker and Co-founder & Creative Director of 
    Skylight Pictures
  • Susan Meiselas: Magnum photographer and President of 
    Magnum Foundation

This event is part of the biennial Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics. 

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