Archive for May, 2011

Are You Trauma Aware?

31st May, 2011

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Trauma sells, it dominates the news. We read about it every day, images of trauma bombard us through every media outlet. But what happens when the photographer becomes traumatised?

Following our last branch meeting Dealing with Trauma, myself and Branch Secretary Jason Parkinson were invited to a Trauma Retreat, hosted by the Dart Centre in Whitby. We had previously been part of a Dart round table discussion with journalists who had covered the revolution in Egypt, sharing the experiences in covering the uprisings in the Middle East with a view to working more safely in the future.

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May Newsletter

27th May, 2011

May Branch Meeting: Michelle Stanistreet

The May branch meeting sees new General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet take your questions on photography concerns and the future role of the union.

Journalism & Trauma Audio

Film showed by the DART Center for Journalism & Trauma can be viewed here and audio of the discussion with Gavin Rees and Lefteris Pitarakis.

PHNAT Flashmob City Hall

Video of the PHNAT flashmob on World Press Freedom day.

PHNAT Pamphlet Launch Party

Launch party for the new PHNAT Pamphlet, all welcome!


PHNAT Pamphlet Launch Party

25th May, 2011


Over the last few months PHNAT have been working on a pamphlet that celebrates the history of the I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! campaign. It’s launch party will be at the AoP Gallery at 7pm on the 14th June with free refreshments kindly sponsored by ING Media.

The pamphlet entitled, I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! – A brief History is fully illustrated over 20-pages, written by the campaign’s founders and organisers and will be available for free at the event. It will also be available to download online after the event or you can request a free copy by sending a double stamped self-addressed envelope to Photographer Not a Terrorist, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP.

The National Union of Journalists and the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom have funded the production of the pamphlet, the London Photographers’ Branch and British Press Photographers’ Association have supported the pamphlet.

There’s going to be a callout for images to be shown at the party soon, watch the PHNAT site!

All welcome!


May Branch Meeting: Michelle Stanistreet

24th May, 2011

Michelle Stanistreet joins with trade union leaders campaigning for jobs and services on budget day in March 2010.

The May branch meeting sees new General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet take your questions on photography concerns and the future role of the union.

Michelle formerly worked as a journalist on the Express and held the position of NUJ Deputy General Secretary. She takes over from Jeremy Dear as General Secretary and the first female leader of the union.

If you cannot make the meeting and would like to put a question to Michelle, please email the branch Chair Jess Hurd:

Branch motions to be sent to joint branch secretary Jason Parkinson before the meeting:

6pm, 31st May 2011. FB Event:

PHNAT Flashmob City Hall

16th May, 2011

Tuesday 3 May 2011, World Press Freedom Day. Campaign group I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist (PHNAT) swooped on City Hall in London, notorious for private security restricting and even banning photography in the privately controlled public space.

Around 40 photographers turned up to highlight the problem of private security continually restricting press freedom along the Thames Walk and in other areas across the capital.

The report holds interviews with LPB Chair and PHNAT Co-Founder Jess Hurd, a few choice words from journalist/filmmaker Leah Delfin Borromeo and “A Letter to Boris” from LPB committee member and PHNAT Co-Founder Grant Smith.

Dealing With Trauma

3rd May, 2011

A Pakistani man holds his baby, both affected by last Saturday's earthquake as they wait to be airlifted to capital Islamabad for further treatment, at an army base in the northern Pakistani town of Muzaffarabad, Friday Oct. 14, 2005. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The film showed by the DART Center for Journalism & Trauma can be viewed here:

Meeting audio is available to listen below: