Photography’s MeToo Movement: Building a Better Industry

Talk Monday 29th October, 7:00PM

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In the wake of a Columbia Journalism Review report that exposed rampant sexual misconduct in the photojournalism industry, The Frontline Club will host an open discussion to address this pressing issue. Join us for forward-looking conversation about structural inequality in photojournalism – from sexual assault and sexism to the impact that lack of diversity has on the industry’s ability to move beyond the stereotypes that dominate visual storytelling. The event aims to foster an inclusive conversation as we ask what we can do as individuals, institutions and organisations to change industry culture, improve gender imbalance and promote equality. This group of engaged industry figures will provide unique insight into how we can all be part of the solution to building a better industry.


Yumna Al-Arashi, born to a Yemeni father and Egyptian mother and raised in the United States, has had her work featured in many major publications such as Vogue, New York Times, Artsy, Dazed&Confused, i_D, Vice, Huffington Post, The Cut, The National Abu Dhabi, and so many more. Her past clients include Apple, NOWNESS, National Geographic, ASOS, Topic, Warner- Bros, T-Mobile, and many more.   Yumna’s approach to storytelling is a unique and necessary form of storytelling, one which encapsulates the need for more women’s voices including their own narratives. She believes in the strength of beauty in creating powerful images that can shatter stereotypes, and above all, believes in the power of fair representation of the stories which are so often left behind.

Naina Bajekal (moderator) is the deputy international editor at Time Magazine, based in London. She is also a contributing editor at the Fuller Project for International Reporting, a media organisation that reports on issues affecting women, particularly in conflict zones. She has previously worked for Magnum Photos and was the executive editor of Newsweek International.

Lars Boering is the managing director of World Press Photo Foundation, which has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography competition, and through its worldwide exhibition program, presents the winning stories to millions of people. He has made diversity and more equality in photography central themes in his work for the foundation, turning it successfully into an organisation that is much more than a contest and more aimed at solutions.  He has taught at master classes and academies, and has been involved as curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions, producing artwork and exhibitions for them. In 2010 Boering co-founded the ‘advanced story telling’ master class at where he still teaches.

Kristen Chick is a freelance journalist who writes about human rights, migration, and women’s issues, and often works in the Middle East. Her five-month investigation of sexual harassment in photojournalism, published in the Columbia Journalism Review, exposed a culture of rampant misconduct in the industry and spurred some organizations to make changes

Finbarr O’Reilly is an independent photographer and co-author with Sgt. Thomas Brennan of Shooting Ghosts, A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War. Finbarr spent 12 years as a Reuters correspondent and staff photographer based in West and Central Africa and won the 2006 World Press Photo of the Year. His coverage of conflicts and social issues across Africa has earned numerous awards for both his multimedia work and photography. He has been a Harvard Nieman Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, and an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s DART Center for Journalism and Trauma. He has also been a writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony and the Carey Institute for Global Good.

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photojournalist who has spent more than a decade creating long-form narrative reportage for international magazines on issues relating to war, violence and gender.  She is a Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016, a TED fellow and a National Geographic Magazine contributor.  Anastasia regularly comments on the complexities of visualising mass violence in the media, and is working on a book about the way we tell contemporary war stories through photography. Her first monograph MAIDAN – Portraits from the Black Square, which documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev, was published by GOST books the same year.