Women Photographers Covering Women’s Violence, Trauma and Grief

The Invention Rooms
68 Wood Lane
W12 7TA

02 March 2020   18:30-20:30
©Suzanne Plunkett – Civilian bombing victim Shahpiry, 30, holds her son Hasib, 4, during a therapy session at the Kabul Mental Health Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 5, 2002. The wages of war are starkly visible across Afghanistan, but the most lasting damage can’t be seen: the wounds to the minds of Afghans, after 23 years of dread punctuated by moments of terror.

Women photographers discuss their challenges, reflections and roles on covering stories of violence against women.

The Photojournalism Hub is very honored to present three great women photojournalist that have worked on some of the most difficult and excruciating modern women stories to share their experiences, insights and challenges.

Suzanne Plunkett, is an award winning photojournalist who has worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press in New York where she covered the Sept.11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 and then as the chief photographer for the AP in Jakarta where she covered the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Based in London since 2006, she has worked as a senior staff photographer for Bloomberg News in London and a staff photographer for Reuters. Currently, she shoots for The New York Times, the RHS, Chatham House and leads the London chapter of Women Photograph which works to elevate the voices of women+ non binary visual storytellers.

Chiara Ceolin, is a documentary photographer who has a background of working for nearly ten years as a psychologist specialised in PTSD and trauma. Chiara has worked extensively with projects in rural Tanzania, Romania and London adopting participatory methods to empower and heal young girls and women through visual storytelling. Currently, Chiara’s work focuses on women who survived trauma as well as contributing to clients such as Thomson Reuters Foundation, Westminster University, The Evening Standard, Magic Me charity, BBC Children in Need, Forward UK and many others.

Quintina Valero, o, is an award-winning photojournalist whose work focuses on human rights, displacement, women and environmental issue. She has a proven passion for bringing important stories often collaborating with local NGOs. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, Sunday Times, Thomson Reuters Foundation, BBC, Stern Magazine and El Pais among others. Her latest projects have taken her to Central America and the Colombian Amazon documenting the different layers of conflict. Her work on sex trafficking and the impact of Chernobyl’s nuclear accident has received international awards including the Lensculture Emerging Talent, Festival della Fotografia Etica (Italy) and the Photo Press Contest Award (Ukraine).

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