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EventHuman Rights Human Wrongs

5 March 2014, 5.45pm
Cost Free
Suitability All
Booking email: Historic.Photography@museumwales.ac.uk

Using the 1948 Universal Declaration of human rights as a point of departure, Mark Sealy, MBE, RPS Hood Medal, Director Autograph ABP and Founding CEO of Rivington Place London, examines whether images of political struggle, suffering, and of victims of violence work for or against humanitarian objectives, especially when considering questions of race, representation,ethical responsibility and the cultural position of the photographer.

The talk will reflect on the imagery that has informed perceptions of civil rights, ranging from historic events such as the Selma to Montgomery March and Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech, to the independence movements in many African countries as well as more recent examples of injustice within wider global conflicts. Here the historical and contemporary roles of photography to validate and question the case for civil and human rights will be examined from different perspectives.

This lecture forms part of a series accompanying a project by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to work on its rich and diverse historic photographic collections – a project made possible through a major gift from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

In partnership with the eCPR, at University of South Wales, the lecture series reflects the exciting work that the Museum is undertaking from 2012 to 2015.

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The event is FREE but booking is essential as places are limited.

To reserve your place, please email: Historic.Photography@museumwales.ac.uk with your name and contact telephone number.





Bob Fitch, Martin L. King (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, December 1965. Reproduction from the Black Star Collection, Ryerson University. Courtesy of the Ryerson Image Centre.
Hilmar Pabel, Czechoslovakia Invasion, Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), August 21, 1968. Reproduction from the Black Star Collection, Ryerson University. Courtesy of the Ryerson Image Centre.
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