To mark World Press Freedom Day, our special May edition of Head On Spotlight will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michael Robinson Chávez. Michael has had an incredible career, working with the Washington Post, Associated Press, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times.
This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme, ‘Information as a Public Good’ explores how to strengthen journalism and advance transparency. The past few years have highlighted the critical need for freedom of the press. ‘Fake news’ and misinformation have spread fast and there is growing doubt in news outlets. Meanwhile, world events have proved the need for the accurate and prompt spread of information.
Join us at 1pm Monday 3 May (Sydney time) to hear about Michael’s fascinating career, the stories behind his incredible images, and what it is like to work as a photojournalist in the U.S. at such a polarising time.
A native Californian and half Peruvian, Michael Robinson Chávez first became seduced by photography after a friend gave him a camera before a trip to Peru in 1988.
He has covered assignments in over 75 countries including the collapse of Venezuela, the coronavirus pandemic in Maryland, USA, violence in Mexico, tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, gold mining in Peru and the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war.
Michael was part of a team from The Washington Post awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 2019 covering climate change. He is also a three-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism and was named Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2020. His photographs have been exhibited in France, Australia, Peru, United States, Croatia, Georgia and Spain. He teaches photo workshops through the LeicaAkademie.
Praise for Head On Spotlight:
"Wonderful session. clear presentation, format - allowing focus on the images and the conversation. Fantastic."
"Judith was very engaging & her work very very beautiful. To hear first hand about her process and experience was a privilege."
"The amazing set of images shown was the highlight. Also the wonderful humility, passion and commitment shown by Kate to what is an incredibly challenging career."
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- The session will be recorded and will be made available to paid Head On Photo Festival members at a later date.