“In the midst o…

“In the midst of the wreckage at ground zero, I had a realisation. I’d been photographing in the Islamic world since 1981. Not only in the Middle East, but in Africa, Asia and Europe. At the time I was photographing in these different places, I thought I was covering separate stories. But on 9/11, history crystallised, and I understood I’d actually been covering a single story for more than 20 years and the attack on New York was its latest manifestation.” James Nachtwey, TED talk, 2007.

The above quote is from photographer James Natchwey, who, like many photographers of my generation, was one of the people whose work inspired me to become a photojournalist.

The quote is from Nachtwey’s 2007 TED talk, and he is speaking about the experience of covering the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGKZhNK_pHw&feature=youtu.be)

Nachtwey will be speaking at the Reportage Festival in Sydney this coming June 9, and tickets are now available here: http://www.vividsydney.com/events/james-nachtwey-testimony-presented-by-canon-australia-in-co-ordination-with-reportage/

It’s going to be just one part of what is shaping up to be a pretty amazing lineup for Reportage, which I’m super excited to be part of the creative team for. Can’t wait to be back in Sydney in May to get cracking on the projections!



About edgiles

Ed Giles is an award-winning Australian multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Formerly based in Cairo, Egypt, Ed works with photography, video and multimedia production methods to explore in depth, human stories. In 2011, Ed was awarded a Walkley Award for Online Journalism, Australian's highest honour in the trade, for work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Online Investigations Unit. In 2013, he was nominated for a second Walkley award, the Nikon-Walkley Award for Feature Photography, for work covering the overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected President, Mohammed Morsi, for Getty Images. Ed has also received the Australian Council of Deans of Education Award for Emerging Journalists in 2011, and a United Nations Media Peace Prize for Online Reporting in 2010. Ed has worked in Iran, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Greenland, Burma, Nepal, the Caribbean Islands and French Polynesia, among other corners of the world. His work has been published and distributed by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Independent (UK), Getty Images, Reuters Editor's Choice, ABC 7.30 Report, ABC Lateline, ABC News 24 and ABC News Online, The Age, The Herald Sun and The Jakarta Post. Ed’s photographic work is represented by Getty Images.

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