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What can photography tell us about a city and its people at a time of political and social unrest?
Laurel Chor is a photojournalist and conservationist. She has documented the Rohingya refugee crisis, the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia in 2018, and more recently the protests in Hong Kong—the city she also calls home. In this talk, we will examine the power of images—their ability to speak of individual despair in the face of a national environmental catastrophe, and the role they have in capturing the anger and hope of a people fighting against diminishing democratic rights.
The conversation will be chaired by writer and editor En Liang Khong.
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Watch this event from Wed 22 Jul 2020, 15.00 BST
Laurel Chor is an independent photographer, journalist, filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer based in Hong Kong. She was named an honoree for the 2020 IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism award. In 2019, she and her colleagues won the Overseas Press Club of America’s David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award for a documentary about Chinese migrant workers. Laurel is currently working on a long-term project on traditional Chinese medicine, culture, and the environment. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in International Health. In 2017, she played for Hong Kong in the Rugby World Cup.
En Liang Khong is an editor and critic based in London. He is currently Director of Digital at ArtReview. Previously, he was senior editor at frieze, and a journalist at human rights platform openDemocracy. He writes regularly on art and politics for the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement (you can read his FT cover story on viral culture and the Hong Kong protests here). He is a former BBC Young Composer of the Year. Follow on Twitter: @en_khong
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