'Hard Truths' Q&A
In September and October 2019 the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne will be hosting 'Hard Truths', an exhibition of prize-winning photography from The New York Times. ‘Hard Truths’ showcases revealing images, each capturing nuanced experiences of struggle, survival and upheaval from across the world. The collection, curated by David Furst, The Times’ international picture editor, reveals the commanding insight of The Times’ finest photojournalists, who go further in pursuit of truth and in some cases, have risked their lives to bear witness from the world’s front lines.
This Q&A will feature a panel of the following editorial, photographic, and humanitarian professionals:
DAMIEN CAVE, Journalist and Bureau Chief for The New York Times in Sydney, Australia. Former New York Times Miami Bureau Chief, and former staff writer and editor at Rolling Stone and Salon.com.
ADAM FERGUSON, Photographer, "Through the Outback" series, "Hard Truths." Works domestically and internationally for The New York Times, Time Magazine, National Geographic and others.
CECILIA HEMANA, Head of Performance and Evidence, Australian Red Cross. Former Head of Research and Insights and Acting Head of Strategy, Australia Red Cross.
This event is your chance to ask the panel about the content of the exhibition, the ethics of photojournalism inside and outside of the gallery space, and the various stories referenced by photos displayed. After the Q&A refreshments will be served.
Ms Cecilia Hemana, Head of Performance and Evidence
Ms Cecilia Hemana
Head of Performance and Evidence
Australian Red Cross
Cecilia Hemana is a senior and adaptive insights, strategy, policy, and market/social research professional with over 20 years experience in leading and achieving outcomes and change across the commercial, government and humanitarian sectors. Currently Head of Performance and Evidence, she previously held positions as Head of Research and Insights and Acting Head Of Strategy for the Australian Red Cross. Prior to that she held various senior roles at the Australian Sport Commission.
Mr Adam Ferguson, Photographer
Mr Adam Ferguson
The New York Times
Adam Ferguson is a photographer based in New York City. Ferguson was born and grew up in regional New South Wales, Australia before studying photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. After graduating he travelled from port to port through the Caribbean and Mediterranean as crew on a sailboat to fund the launch of his photographic career. Ferguson first gained recognition for his work in 2009 when he embarked on a sustained survey of the USled war in Afghanistan, contributing to The New York Times, Time Magazine and National Geographic. Since that time he has worked internationally with a focus on conflict and civilians caught amidst geopolitical forces. Over the years he has been the recipient of multiple awards from Photo District News, American Photography, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, The National Portrait Gallery of Australia, amongst others.
Mr Damien Cave, Journalist and Bureau Chief
Mr Damien Cave
Journalist and Bureau Chief
The New York Times
Damien Cave is the bureau chief in Sydney, Australia. His previous foreign reporting includes postings in Mexico City, covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and in The Times’s Baghdad bureau from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Cave also served as chief of The Times’s Miami bureau. Since joining The Times in 2004, he has covered a range of topics, including military recruiting, New York City government and New Jersey politics. Before coming to The Times, he was a staff writer and editor at Rolling Stone and Salon.com. Mr. Cave was among the group of finalists for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. In addition, Mr. Cave was the leader of a small group of reporters that won the 2008 Overseas Press Club award for best international coverage on the Web. A graduate of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and Boston College, Mr. Cave grew up in Worcester, Mass.