Authors and scholars Jon Simons and John Louis Lucaites are the brains behind a new book In/visible War: The Culture of War in Twenty-first Century America, published by Rutgers University Press which focuses on a central paradox “The contemporary visual American experience of war is ubiquitous, and yet war is simultaneously invisible or absent…”
Contributors include: Nina Berman, David Campbell, Christopher J. Gilbert, Jeremy G. Gordon, Rebecca A. Adelman, Wendy Kozol, Jon Simons, Jody Madeira, Roger Stahl, De Witt Douglas Kilgore, Claudia Breger, Purnima Bose, Diane Rubenstein, James Der Derian, John Louis Lucaites
My contribution is the cover image, an essay and a portfolio of 12 images.
May 10, 2017
A new approach to photographing human trafficking and forced labor as published in the New York Times Lens Blog :
As the inaugural Susan E. Tifft fellow in Journalism and Documentary, I’ll be giving a public lecture at the Center for Documentary Studies April 13 from 6 to 8pm
“Counternarrative and Collaboration in Documentary and Journalism”
In this event, the first Susan Tifft Fellow, Nina Berman, will present an overview of her photographic work, with an emphasis on the role of the photographer as a politicized investigator working across documentary and journalistic platforms. She will also address collaboration in the making and dissemination of socially engaged work. Berman, who teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, says: “We’re living in a moment when journalism is under attack. The terms “fake news” and “real facts” are shouted from the left and the right. It’s a critical time to consider how the primary mission of journalism—to hold power accountable—and the creative, collaborative practices of documentary can infuse and elevate both fields in the pursuit of a more caring and just world.”
I’ll be showing work in a new group exhibition: Re-imagining A Safe Space at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, co-curated by Deborah Willis and Melissa Harris, opening March 30.
The exhibition brings together works by 22 photographers, video artists, and visual artists who explore the theme of the exhibition through their works:
Mangue Banzima, Martin Bell and Mary Ellen Mark, Nina Berman, Zoë Buckman, Cause Collective (Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, Hank Willis Thomas), Elizabeth Colomba, Bruce Davidson, Erika deVries, Donna Ferrato, Samara Gaev, Caran Hartsfield, Lili Holzer-Glier, Jessica Ingram, Michael Koehler, Barbara Kruger, Lorie Novak, Gordon Parks, Alice Proujansky, Safe Space Collective (Myles Golden, Nate Palmer, Mallika Vora), Scheherazade Tillet, Sophia Tsanos, and David Wojnaorwicz
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 6-8pm
Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 10th Ave, 14th Floor
Free and open to the public.
RSVP Required via Eventbrite.
©Nina Berman 2015
I’ll be speaking at Brooklyn College Monday March 27, 2016.
My thanks to The Wolfe Institute, the Departments of English and History, the Journalism Program and the Dean of Humanities an Social Sciences and Professors Phil Napoli and Jessica Siegel.
A selection of my images from the Republican National Convention was published in the October 5, 2016 issue of Causette Magazine.