FULLY BOOKED In the Picture: Shooting Libya

Talk June 14, 2011 7:00 PM

The deaths of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Libya in late April were a grim reminder of the dangers that journalists face in covering conflicts like the one that has been raging in Libya.

Getting the best images possible means that photographers and video journalists in particular need to get hair-raisingly close to the action, often putting themselves in danger.

Reuters photographer Andrew Winning and video journalist Inigo Gilmore will speak at the Frontline Club about shooting on Libya’s front line. Presentations of their work will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A about the reality of covering events in Libya. The talk will be moderated by multimedia photojournalist John D McHugh.

British photographer Andrew Winning has been working for Reuters for 15 years. Twelve of these he spent in Mexico as the chief photographer there. He specialises in hard news, covering natural disasters, political and civil unrest as well as editing assignments and sports. Libya is only the second armed conflict he has covered, the other being President Aristide’s ousting in Haiti.

Haiti has also been a key country in Inigo Gilmore‘s career. After the 2010 earthquake, Gilmore covered the aftermath of the disaster for Channel 4, tracing the journey of an injured baby to a hospital in the UK and the eventual reunion with her mother. His films about baby Landina won him the RTS Television Journalism Independent Award.

John D McHugh‘s career spans the gap between photojournalist and filmmaker. His multimedia work from Afghanistan won him the 2007 Frontline Award and in the past he has worked for the Associated Press, The Guardian, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and Agence-France Presse. McHugh‘s experiences of embedding in Afghanistan with US, Canadian and Afghan troops has given him well-rounded insights on a very different kind of war. He spoke at the Frontline Club in 2009 about his work in Afghanistan. McHugh recently made a film about Bahrain during the Arab Spring, and has just returned from a month in Kandahar.