UI to host symposium of photojournalism from around the world

-- photo courtesy of the University of Iowa
A groom carries his bride through a field in Baishan, Jilin province while a farmer looks on. — Photo by Wang Wenlan, courtesy of the University of Iowa

From local to global: photojournalism in the new millennium

Adler Journalism Building rotunda — Friday, April 3 beginning at 9 a.m.

This Friday, April 3, beginning at at 9 a.m., the University of Iowa is hosting “From local to global: photojournalism in the new millennium,” a daylong symposium highlighting several international photographers and addressing recent growth and developments in photojournalism.

Several prominent photojournalists and scholars will be present at the event, including National Geographic fellow David Guttenfelder, Jonathan Woods, a senior photo editor at Time magazine, and Wang Wenlan, the senior photographer at China Daily in Beijing. Through the context of their own work, these individuals will focus on the way photojournalism has grown over the years, and what practices have endured and transformed with the changing times and technology.

The symposium will also mark the official opening of Wenlan’s photography exhibition, Depicting Post-revolutionary China: The Photojournalism of Wang Wenlan. The exhibit will take place in room E350 of the Adler Journalism Building and run through May 12.

Wenlan was the first photographer hired by China Daily in 1981 and his work has captured over four decades of China’s changing countryside and cities. Judy Polumbaum, the organizer of the symposium and a UI professor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, believes Wenlan’s introduction to a global audience is long overdue.

“Wang works in the best tradition of the documentary photographer, covering both momentous events and the minutiae of daily life – in a manner that’s penetrating, empathetic, sometimes whimsical and always revealing,” said Polumbaum. “His work is valuable historically as well as aesthetically.”

Admission to the daylong symposium is free and lunch will be provided, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, email with your name, affiliation and contact information.

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