Shooting War: Covering 50 Years of Conflict | June 21 & 22, 2019 | Presented by The Globe and Mail
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A once-in-a-lifetime story-telling event with top war photographers

Now confirmed! Chris Hadfield, Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (Moderator).

Meet the photojournalists who risk their lives to capture iconic and often heartbreaking photos that define – in a single moment - the impact of conflict on humanity. Hear their personal and powerful stories spanning decades of capturing shots that reverberated through the world. The 11 photographers include:

• Pulitzer-prize winner Charles Porter on his searing image of a firefighter cradling a wounded infant in the aftermath of the Oklahoma bombing.

• Tim Page, whose iconic photos of the Vietnam war inspired films of the period.

• Corinne Dufka on Sierra Leone, Rwanda and other war-torn regions, sharing how female photographers experience conflict zones differently than men.

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Following on from the work of University of Toronto's Professor Anthony Feinstein, The Globe and Mail presents Shooting War: Covering 50 Years of Conflict, a stunning visual showcase and unforgettable conversations with the photographers behind the lens.

Shooting War Symposium | Saturday, June 22, 2019
TIFF Lightbox  |  350 King Street West, Toronto
9:00am - 6:30pm
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 The Photojournalists

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Symposium Hosts & Moderators

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 Event Agenda

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Part One | VIP Reception | June 21, 2019

5:30pm - 6:20pm

6:20pm - 6:30pm
Opening Remarks

Hosts: David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail; Anthony Feinstein, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto

6:30pm - 7:45pm
Panel Discussion: 50 years of photographing war: From Vietnam to Afghanistan

Three celebrated conflict photographers whose work in zones of conflict span decades discuss the changes they have seen in their profession. Frontline journalism has become more dangerous with time. Journalists, as never before, are now in the crosshairs of combatants. There is also a newfound appreciation of the emotional toll that the war takes on those who photograph it.

Panel discussion will be followed by an on-stage Q&A.

Discussants: Joao Silva, Carol Guzy, Tim Page
Moderators: David Walmsley, Anthony Feinstein

7:45pm - 8:30pm
Opening Reception

Part Two | Shooting War Symposium | June 22, 2019

7:45am - 9:00am

9:00am - 10:05am
Panel Discussion: Civil War in the Balkans
The Siege of Sarajevo and Srebrenica

Just seven years after welcoming the world to the Sarajevo Olympics, the Balkans were on fire, set against the rage of ethnic cleansing. The slaughter of the innocents, the danger of the snipers and the camaraderie of the photographers made this war a formative time for the panelists here today

Discussants: Ron Haviv, Corinne Dufka, Goran Tomasevic
Moderator: Santiago Lyon

10:05am - 11:00am
Panel Discussion: Civil War in Africa
Conflicts in West and Central Africa and the Townships of South Africa

The media has been criticized for not giving enough attention to Africa. Recent history has seen positive events like the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa offset by the genocide in Rwanda and perpetual internecine civil wars that have torn apart huge swathes of the continent. As a result millions of displaced people are on the move, prompting a migrant crisis that now challenges the fabric of European solidarity and democracy. Photographing events of this magnitude has presented journalists with extraordinary challenges.

Discussants: David Guttenfelder, Joao Silva, Laurence Geai.
Moderator: Anthony Feinstein

11:00am - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:30pm
Panel Discussion: Women in Conflict

Working in zones of conflict can present a particular set of challenges for women photographers. Potential vulnerabilities are counterbalanced by situations in which being a woman can come with certain advantages.

Discussants: Carol Guzy, Laureance Geai, Corinne Dufka

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Panel Discussion: A Challenging Paradox
The costs and rewards of photographing war

As Shooting War reveals, the physical and emotional tolls on photojournalists working in war zones can be very high. And yet, the work can also be exhilarating and deeply fulfilling. It is this upside that allows photographers to sustain a career over decades in the world’s most dangerous places.

Discussants: Tim Page, David Guttenfelder, Santiago Lyon
Moderator: Anthony Feinstein

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Panel Discussion: The power of a single photograph

A single photograph has the power to tell a story, define an act of terror, help convict a war criminal, inspire extraordinary acts of generosity, but also generate further conflict and distress.

Discussants: Ron Haviv (Crimes of War), Chuck Porter (The Oklahoma City bombing), Carole Naggar (Chim Seymour’s biographer on the photograph of Terezka), Joao Silva (turning the camera on oneself).

3:30pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Panel Discussion: Moral Injury and the Challenges Posed by Photographing War

Moral injury is defined by a belief that one has lost one’s moral compass, that by acting in a certain way, one has transgressed a moral code. Conflict photographers are frequently called upon to make difficult decisions in extreme situations. The personal consequences of these decisions on their emotional wellbeing can be profound.

Discussants: ALL
Moderators: David Walmsley and Anthony Feinstein

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Tribute to Yannis Behrakis

Yannis Behrakis is a photojournalist, Pulitzer Prize winner and senior editor with Reuters. He has been covering important global events with Reuters since 1998, and in 2017 he was appointed as an ambassador for Reuters Pictures. He studied photography at the Athens School of Arts and Technology and received his BA (Honours) from Middlesex University. He has been named European Photojournalist of the Year by Fujifilm on three occasions. His many other honors include a World Press Photo Award, an Overseas Press Club of America Award, three Bayeux Awards for war correspondence and an award from the University of Missouri. In 2015 he was named the Guardian and Reuters Photojournalist of the Year and led a Reuters team to a Pulitzer Prize.

Led by Sir Harold Evans and Goran Tomasevic
Music: Elegie for Yannis. Composed by Saul Feinstein