Third Annual Photography Expanded Symposium!


Sunday, November 1st, 2015 at 9:00am to 5:30pm
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York

Co-presented with The Photography Program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology of Parsons The New School for Design, this one-day event will present innovative documentary storytelling and emerging ideas in digital media and journalism on social justice issues. Presentations and panel discussions will feature leading media-makers, designers, and photographers such as Andrew Beck Grace (After the Storm), Katy Scoggin (CITIZENFOUR), Marek Tuszynski (Exposing the Invisible), Elaine Sheldon & Sarah Ginsburg (She Does Podcast), and many more! Gain new critical insights and connect with potential collaborators in order to respond to the changing demands of the field.

A powerful and diverse lineup of mediamakers, designers, and thought leaders are scheduled. See below for a selection of featured projects and an opportunity to join one of our lunchtime conversations!

  • Exposing the Invisible is a short film series and interactive website that explores the tools and methods of managing the risk of Information activism by sharing the personal stories of individuals working on the new frontier of investigative journalism. Data visualizations, Resources and Narrative-driven short films illuminate the unseen tactics of investigative journalism online.
  • After the Storm is an immersive personal essay created on the fourth anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing 50 people and leaving another 10,000 homeless. Data visualizations, first-person narrative, archival footage and illustrations tell the story of what happens when we pick up the pieces and start over again. After the Storm is a collaboration between filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace and Helios Design Labs.
  • Empire is an immersive documentary project by Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill that examines the still-unfolding legacy of Dutch colonialism through a series of stories shot in ten countries over four years. Empire employs a broad range of storytelling techniques– including nonfiction filmmaking, multi-channel video projection, and digital storytelling– to depict the world’s first brush with global capitalism.
  • Recipe for Famine is an immersive documentary that explores the causes of famine and its human impact. Through virtual reality technology, this interactive documentary takes viewers into the epicenter of a famine in the making in South Sudan. Filmmakers Marcelle Hopkins, Evan Wexler, and Benedict Moran are creating a VR101 Toolkit for Journalists to make virtual reality more accessible to media outlets and independent journalists.
  • She Does Podcast features creative minds working in media. Each episode centers around women practitioners of all generations, working at the intersection of media, film, journalism, art and technology and offers a deep glimpse into their backgrounds, philosophies and processes. The show is hosted and created by Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg, documentary makers who are interested in how their guests got to where they are today.
  • Magnum Foundation and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation are proud to present the works in progress of 2015 Photography, Expanded Fellows Peter DiCampo and Zun Lee and recipients of the Project Development Grant, Zara Katz and Lisa Riordan Seville!

Please consider joining us for one of our three lunchtime conversations on Participatory Practice in Photography, Creative Problem Solving on Issues of Sustainability and Seeding Partnerships. Space is limited to 25 participants in each session; reserve your ticket now!

Photography, Expanded is a Magnum Foundation initiative inspiring documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the still image. Through intensive workshops and panel discussions, photographers have been learning about emerging digital tools and methods in order to engage audiences across platforms and mobilize communities around social justice issues.

Simone Salvo