Events from the past have a long-lasting effect on the present. This is particularly evident in photojournalism. Together with international experts we will discuss current themes in photojournalism, from a historical perspective.

In today’s newspaper, the fish will be packed tomorrow. What was urgent yesterday is outdated today. But if you look at old newspapers through historical glasses, the news turns out to be less ephemeral. Photojournalists work in a visual tradition that, although subject to continuous change, still presents a surprisingly consistent picture.


These are some of the topics and questions that we will address in the talks:

  • We will discuss how photos of the American civil rights movement from the 1960s are reflected in photo reportages of contemporary protests for civil rights and democracy.
  • And what about photography and fake news? News photos promise to give a transparent picture of reality, but how truthful are they?
  • We will look at the history of the Dutch organisation World Press Photo, which has been a pivot in international photojournalism for 65 years.
  • The image of the Indonesian revolution in the Dutch media was rather one-sided. How did Indonesian photojournalists capture that historic event?
  • Almost fifty years after General Pinochet’s coup in 1973, the photo archive of Chas Gerretsen, one of the very few photojournalists present at the time, still appears to be a living source of information and processing of the past for Chileans.

We thank

These talks are made possible by the Vincent Mentzel Fonds/Rijksmuseum Fonds.

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5 talks
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27 May, 3, 10, 17 and 24 June:
3-4 pm CEST




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