Date: Sunday 28th Feb, 2016
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Chennai
Admission: Open to public
Blenkinsop has been described as “a man of guerrillas and of resistances” (Herve Le Goff), and “one of the most essential photographers of his generation” (Christian Caujolle).
Since taking residence in Southeast Asia in 1989, Blenkinsop’s name has become synonymous with forgotten conflicts and the photography of injustice. He has become a strong voice in the pro-advocacy debate within the media. His work has been the catalyst for political discourse and debate, including within the US Congress where he lobbied personally for the United States to intervene in the ongoing genocide by the Laos Government against the Hmong militia who fought for the USA during the American War in Indochina.
Blenkinsop is adamant that the photographer should never censor scenes through the camera. “Photographers are both witness and messenger. Our responsibility must always lie with the people we focus on, and with the accurate depiction of their plight, regardless of how unpalatable this might be for magazine readers.”
The first person to have been awarded the prestigious Visa d’Or Award three times, Blenkinsop’s visceral black-and-white imagery has been published in the world’s leading media and has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
Amongst other accolades he was awarded Amnesty International’s Photojournalism Prize for Excellence in Human Rights Journalism. Monographs of his work include The Cars That Ate Bangkok (White Lotus) and Extreme Asia (Photo Poche Société). Blenkinsop sits on the advisory boards of Noor, the photo Agency he co-founded in 2007 and the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at The Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University, USA.
In 2009, acclaimed film director, David Bradbury released his 70m documentary on Blenkinsop and his work entitled ‘My Asian Heart’.
In 2012, Falmouth University made him an Honorary Fellow for services to Photojournalism.
He has been teaching workshops and lecturing worldwide ; Spain, France, Egypt, India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Burma, Canada, Norway, England, Holland, Germany, China, Romania, Australia for the past eleven years including the World Press Masterclass.
Many of his students have gone on to create names for themselves in the world of photojournalism, winning Robert Capa awards, World Press awards and others. Through the transferral of knowledge and skills, he hopes to inspire photographers, young and old, to create a more intelligent and tangible vision via which others can better understand the world.