September Branch Meeting: Working in Hostile Environments

11th September, 2013

Nine year old Afghan refugee Tahair Ackakhal near the ruins of the Darulaman Palace in kabul. 6-1-12

Our September branch meeting will focus on keeping safe in hostile environments both at home and abroad.  Recent events in Cairo and Syria have brought the dangers facing photographers and videographers into sharp focus. Closer to home, members have faced assault covering unrest and public disorder, as well as problems arising from the abuse of police powers. The presentations by our two speakers will offer practical advice for both newcomers and old hands, and will be followed by a discussion.

Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian photographer living in Cairo and London, and is represented by VII Mentor. She began her career in 2002 at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she left to pursue personal projects. In 2008, she was one of 15 young photographers accepted onto the international Reflexions Masterclass. In 2010, she was awarded a six-month fellowship at the University of Oxford to write about freedom of expression and the role played by Internet blogging and independent newspapers in Egypt. Since 2005, she has worked extensively in Egypt for her first book, “In the Shadow of the Pyramids”. Her work has been published and exhibited in the United States, Europe, Asia & the Middle East.

Guy Smallman has worked in Lebanon, Pakistan, Iraq and Latin America, and regularly in Afghanistan since 2008. He will share advice about working in hostile environments both at home and abroad via an illustrated presentation. He will also explain why it is NUJ policy for members to undertake Hostile Environment Training, and the value of such courses in preparing journalists for the challenges faced in such situations.

6.00pm Tuesday 24th September, Headland House, 308 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8D

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