Visit the NUJ ADM photo website

April 16, 2007

Throughout this year’s ADM student attendees have been taking pictures and posting them to a Flickr webpage – this will be added to in the following days.

Go to┬áto see more (there’s also a live stream of new additions on the right hand column of this blog)

Quick summary

April 16, 2007

Huh! It’s already Sunday and I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would have liked. First there is so much going on at the same time, and then, it’s true what general secretary Jeremy Dear said at the new media meeting: It’s actually not possible to do three things at the same time, even if you want to.

At least not if you want to sleep occasionally.

So, I have focused on pictures this ADM, as there were many other blog reports from fellow student delegates.

So watch this space, as there will be some late additions to the blog over the next days, such as the edited audio recordings of some fringe meetings and some more in depth reports of the last days.

There are still some audio recordings in the brew, such as of the Latin America fringe events, the Media Workers against the War, and a few of the speeches at the new media event till the batteries died.

The dates for the next ADM have just been publicised on the big screen in the hall.

The ADM deadlines for 2008 are:

Closing date to motions: 26th of November 2007
Closing date for confirmations, amendments and delegate nominations:
1st of February 2008
Registration closing date: 14th of March 2008
Next ADM: 3rd-6th April 2008, Europa Hotel, Belfast

Motion for Photographers’ Organiser remitted

April 14, 2007

The Freelance Industrial Council’s motion to appoint a Photographers’ Organiser was remitted this morning.

Pete Jenkins’ appeal sparked heavy debate from both sides, highlighting that this is a controversial issue that may well will live to see another ADM.

Many feel the 2,500 photographers that make up the union need an official dedicated to their specific demands.

In support of the motion, Jennifer Murray said that the creation of a Photographers’ Organiser would free up officials who spend a disproportionate amount of their time on matters concerning photographers.

Also in appeal for an independent representative for photographers, a Nottingham delegate spoke out about his recent experience with the police: “A representative with professional knowledge of photography would have assisted my case when I was arrested 14 months ago,” he said.

Opposing members called for remittance on the basis that motion 77 was passed in order to enable a comprehensive staffing review. This will take into account the needs of photographers in line with all other NUJ members.

Peter Murray from the NEC said that it was important not to “ghettoise” photographers, seperating them from the rest of the union and taking work and money away from other sectors.

At a time when digital convergence is blurring the traditional divide between press, broadcast and online journalism, NUJ delegates decided that issues must be faced as a whole body.

Seamus Dooley of the Official’s Chapel said: “When we move together in unity, all members will get the service they deserve.”

Photographers’ exhibition

April 13, 2007

An exhibition of NUJ photographers’ work portrays 100 years of struggle for equality and justice.

The exhibition at the Holiday Inn hotel highlights subjects rangings from social injustice, race, drugs, brutality, wars, terror, old age and other subjects affecting humanity.

The 100 pictures were selected by a panel of NUJ photographer members, and represent the work of some of the most prominent photographers in the union .

Most of the pictures have been published in the mainstream media and have won a range of awards.

Pete Jenkins, vice chair of the photographers committee, looked happy to explain the achievements of his eminent members.

In particular, Jenkins singled out the work of Anne Bolt, Gabrielle Torsello, Theodore Lisai, Howard Davies, Larry Herman, Brian Harris, Nic Dunlop, David Hoffman, Neil Turner, Andrew Wiard and some 17 other leading photographers whose work is in the exhibition.

Larry Herman, a photographer at the exhibition, expressed his gratitude to the LEICA and ILFORD firms for their support of the project.

Larry’s work mostly features working class people. His portrait of an old African American woman is among the unique images in the exhibition. Larry is documenting the African American movement where many people who held small farms are now facing difficult times.

Anne Bolt, who was one of the pioneer photojournalists and died aged 84 in 1996, once said that receiving the membership of honor was one of the proudest moments in her life.

David Hoffman, another popular photographer in the exhibition, is best known for pictures of uncomfortable subjects such as protest, drug abuse, racial politics and homelessness.

Nic Dunlop is co-author of a book on landmines in Cambodia and has won awards from John Hopkins University and Bloomsbury for exposing Pol Pot’s chief executioner. Nic is completing a book on the dictatorship in Burma.

Gabrielle Torsello, better known as Kash, a 36-year-old Italian photographer, is attracting attention in the exhibition because of his work exposing human rights violations in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Theodore Liasi, whose work has featured in all major UK newspapers, was recognised by Amnesty International as Photojournalist of the Year. His work “Baptism of Fire” toured the UK.

Isabelle Merminod’s work looks at violations of human rights. In 2006 she presented an exhibition on the children ‘Born after Catastrophe’ in Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Click the links below to see more work by these photographers and others.