Poynter has long been a place where smart conversation about international photojournalism has taken place. (Kudos to my friend and former colleague Kenny Irby, who has worked hard to bring previous exhibits including the Pictures of the Year winners.)
Thus I was not surprised during my recent visit to see Poynter hosting a world-class photo exhibit on Africa. “Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo” is an internationally touring photo exhibit and educational campaign that raises awareness of the widespread sexual violence facing women and girls in the DRC. It’s a moving collection of image and text, displayed wonderfully in a quiet, open gallery/classroom space. A favorite was the photo above, “Tche,” by Ron Haviv, 2005, showing a woman and her son receiving treatment at a clinic for malnutrition run by Doctors Without Borders.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 20, 2010 (hurry!) and is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poynter is located at 801 Third St S, St. Petersburg, Florida. Phone (727) 821-9494.
Links of interest:
- More information, photos, audio and essays related to this exhibit, Congo/Women.
- The Plight and Promise of Africa, a very impressive array of Africa-related music, lectures, films, and more photos, scheduled by Eckerd College, running through spring 2010.
- A collection of Kenny Irby’s writings on photojournalism, from the Poynter website, including a timely interview with Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent for CBS News, on his perspective of covering the earthquake in Haiti.
- I have been intrigued in and involved with Africa for several years. Search this blog in the field at upper right; my travel blog; or my Flickr photo collections using the key words Kenya, Nigeria or Africa to learn more. (Some images and blog posts cover my visits with newspapers in on the east and west coasts of Africa.)