Event Date: 30 September 2014
Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre
Royal Holloway University of London
Jeff Widener – Tiananmen Square and Beyond – Conflict Photography in Asia, 1987-1995
Jeff Widener is internationally renowned for his work at the Tiananmen Square protest and massacre in 1989, including the most iconic photograph of the last decades of the twentieth century: ‘The Tank Man.’ However, Jeff was the Associated Press Southeast Asia Picture Editor 1987-1995, based in Bangkok, Thailand, and Tiananmen Square was only one of many civil and armed conflicts he covered during the period. Illustrating his lecture with his own photographs, Jeff will talk about the role and responsibilities of a photojournalist in documenting the nature and human suffering of war during his time at AP.
Jeff will also impart his own ‘Advice for Young People,’ based on his years as a photojournalist, as part of his talk.
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The following day Jeff Widener was available for a longer Q&A session, where he at first talked about his childhood:
then answered more questions from the audience:
Photos from the event: