Private View: Frontline News Television Exhibition 1989-2003
An exhibition of photographs chronicling Frontline News Television’s thrilling history is opening at the European Commission this January. Opening times are 10:00 – 18:00, Monday to Friday from 13th January to the 20th. On the 12th, please join us to mark the opening of this small exhibition celebrating the courage, dedication and achievements of FNTV’s cameramen and women.
Created in 1989 by a small group of young British men and women FNTV was a pioneering international news agency for freelance video journalists that was 20 years ahead of its time. The agency closed in 2003, by which time half of its camera-people had been killed while filming around the world. The dramatic story of the agency is told by David Loyn of the BBC in his book, recently published in paperback, Frontline: Reporting from the World’s Deadliest Places.
Frontline’s cameramen and women were the first to pick up small format, consumer, cameras. Their successes included securing the first western media interview with Bin Laden, the first film of the stinger missiles that altered the course of the 1980’s war in Afghanistan, key footage of the Romanian revolution, the only uncontrolled footage of the ground conflict in the first Gulf War and footage of the Kosovo conflict that led to British and NATO involvement.
It is free to attend but please register in advance by clicking the "book" link above. Complimentary drinks will be provided courtesy of Chivas Regal.
This exhibition has been made possilbe through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with which the Frontline Club Charitable Trust is currently digitising and cataloguing 1,000 hours of FNTV footage.