10.10.17 Exposure 06: Global JourneysWalter Astrada
Tuesday 10 October
6.30pm - 8.00pm
Followed by drinks at The Clare Bar
University of Technology, Sydney
Bon Marche Studio
Building 3, 726 Harris St
Chippendale NSW 2008
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The ACP is thrilled to present international photojournalist and World Press Photo award-winner Walter Astrada as our next speaker for ACP's Exposure series.
A photojournalist for over 20 years, Astrada has travelled the world for news agencies covering everything from conflict in Africa to the earthquake in Haiti. Fuelled by his desire to experience more of the world, Astrada sought out his own assignment, to travel the globe with his camera, a Royal Enfield motorcycle and no fixed schedule. Since departing Spain in May 2015, Astrada has visited and documented over twenty-three countries, overcoming mechanical failures and unexpected delays along the way.
From France to Russia, India to Indonesia, Astrada has now arrived in Australia and in this special event will share his experiences and photographs from his travels, alongside his long-term documentary projects on social issues such as violence against women.
Astrada's presentation will be followed by a Q & A with Walkley award-winning journalist and UTS lecturer, Helen Vatsikopoulos.
Presented in partnership with University of Technology, Sydney, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Journalism.
About Walter Astrada
Walter Astrada was born in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started his career as a staff photographer at the local La Nacion newspaper. After a formative trip through South America, he joined Associated Press (AP) in Bolivia and later in Argentina, Paraguay and then the Dominican Republic. Astrada worked as a freelancer for Agence France Presse (AFP) in the Dominican Republic from 2005 to 2006, and was represented and distributed by World Picture News. During 2008 and 2009 he covered Eastern Africa, out of Uganda.
He is currently based in Barcelona, Spain, where he continues to work as a freelancer and on two long-term projects, one about violence against women, and the other—the Under Pressure Project—about people with multiple sclerosis in Europe. Astrada also gives lectures and workshops, based on his long-term projects as a professional photographer and documentary video maker. He has won a wide range of awards over the years, including three World Press Photo prizes, the Bayeux-Calvados award for war correspondents; Photojournalist of the Year, and Best of Show, from NPPA-BOP; a PGB Photographer of the Year and Picture of the Year; a PDN Photo Annual first prize, a number of POYi awards, the Alfred I. du Pont Award for Excellence in Broadcast and Digital Journalism, and Alexia Foundation and Getty Editorial grants, among others.
About Helen Vatsikopoulos
Helen Vatsikopoulos is a Walkley Award winning journalist who has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and its international station, the Australia Network, and for the Special Broadcasting Service.
In a career spanning 30 years she has worked on programs such as the ABC News, the Midday Report, the 7.30 report, Dateline, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent. In that time she has specialised in International Reporting and has covered history-changing events like the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, the Rwandan Genocide, the HIV-Aids crisis in West Papua, the Sri Lankan Civil War, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, and the Bali Bombings — among many others. Her reporting on the collapse of the USSR won her a coveted Walkley award.
Helen has presented many studio-based television programs including Face the Press, News Extra, Talking Heads and Dateline for SBS; The 7.00 pm News and the Midday Report for ABC1 and Asia-Pacific Focus for the Australia Network. She has also made three documentaries: New World Borders, Getting Gehry and the award-winning Agatha’s Curse.
EXPOSURE sheds light on the full spectrum of photographic practice, presentation and literature by inviting photographers, curators and writers to share their photographic interests with ACP audiences.
Images © Walter Astrada.