Jess Hurd

Archive for January, 2015

Hands Up Don’t Shoot

jj150123Hands Up Don’t Shoot, Bloody Sunday memorial in solidarity with Ferguson and Palestine. Bogside, Derry. Northern Ireland.

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Africa Progress Panel

Africa Progress Panel meeting, London. © Jess Hurd/Africa Progress PanelKofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel banking and finance meeting, London.

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Human Rights Lecture


Photography Symposium


Symposium PosterWeb“Shifting genres in reporting conflict”

I’ve was asked to speak at a photography symposium hosted by the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University and Honeycomb – Creative Works in collaboration with North West Regional College and Void Contemporary Art Gallery.

Please watch a Honeycomb video interview with me here

Friday 30 January, 2015 10:00 – 15:00 | Foyle Theatre

Symposium Programme

– 10:00 Registration

Tea, coffee and scones will be served.

– 10:30 Opening Remarks from Honeycomb – Creative Works and the Centre for Media Research

– 11:00 Prof. Sarah Edge. ‘The emergence of photojournalism as a genre.’

Articulating Irish nationalism through photography in the 1840s and 1860s. In this presentation Sarah Edge will examine how news photographs first began to communicate ideas to the viewer in relation to news events connected to the rise of Irish nationalism. She will reveal how because the idea of a news photograph did not as yet exists other types of photographs were used such as portraiture or prison photographs. She will demonstrate how such imagery began to give meaning to this emerging political movement.

– 11:30 Dr. Gail Baylis. ‘The battle for hearts and minds.’

Irish evictions were big news in the late nineteenth-century with photographs of evictions, evidencing, it has been claimed, an early instance of photojournalism in Ireland. These photographs were affective in changing public opinion and their currency extended Ireland to North America, Australia, Britain and Europe. This talk looks at the response of Irish Special Branch to the news-value of such imagery and its attempt to create a counter-image through collecting photographs and by the adoption of secret photography. The types of photographs that Special Branch amassed and its production of photographs taken in secret will be considered in terms of how successful it was in changing policy in Ireland and in winning over public opinion.

– 12:00 Stephen Davison. ‘A good GV, a tight box and a good weepie.’

20 years of covering Northern Ireland as a photographer with Pacemaker Press International. In his illustrated talk, Davison will reflect upon the changes that have taken place in the industry over the past 20 years and how Pacemaker has coped with the challenges encountered along the way.

– 12:30 Patricia Holland. ‘Photo-journalism in the age of the ubiquitous image’.

Patricia will look at the photographic centre spread regularly featured in the Guardian. She will consider the selection and presentation of images, riots and reportage next to landscape and cute animals, and discuss the purpose of the spread, the criteria for selection and how this accumulation of images relates to photojournalism and to online collections from Flickr through to the commercial picture agencies.

– 13:00 Summing Up

– 13:15 Lunch

– 13:45 Keynote Address: Jess Hurd

Jess will give an illustrated talk about her work over the past 20 years covering global conflict and resistance. She will discuss the democratisation of the media, the impoverishment of photojournalism and the increasingly repressive state surveillance that has landed her and her colleagues on the Domestic Extremist Database.

The symposium is chaired by Declan Sheehan

Calais Migrants Last Supper

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Calais migrants living in bitter conditions queue for the last food provided by Salam. French authorities have instructed the charity to stop distributing food on the street with threats the police will enforce the order. The refugees, fleeing poverty and war in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea and Sudan are living rough in the “jungle” because they were pushed out of the town centre by the police. A new “Sangatte” centre has been opened but it is viewed with suspicion by the refugees and is in a remote area, far from the centre of Calais.

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Paris Unity March

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Je suis Charlie Hebdo unity march after the shooting of cartoonists in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices, Paris.

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