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'Contested Lands' Photo Exhibit in California at World Affairs

Event Date:

January 11, 2019 - March 1, 2019


World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street
Suite 200

San Francisco, CA 94108

 Orendeke village. Maasai women activists meeting and discussing further proceedings. They were tricked by an official out of a deed they had on land, loosing 2/3 of the surface. A NGO built milk center is now in the middle of a developping area and can not be used. They are planning on taking the case to court. Image by Thomas Dworzak. Tanzania, 2018.

A moving photo essay about the Maasai in northeast Tanzania, who are struggling to make a living on...


Photography from "A Journey Through Contested Lands," a collaboration between Magnum Photos, Pacific Standard and the Pulitzer Centeris on display at the World Affairs Auditorium in San Francisco. This exhibit, co-organized by World Affairs and the Pulitzer Center, features work by Jonas Bendisken, Chien-Chi Chang, Thomas Dworzak, Stuart Franklin, Susan Meiselas, and Emin Özmen, six Magnum photographers supported by the Pulitzer Center. 

Born in Norway, Bendiksen began his career at the age of 19 when he moved to Russia to become a photographer. Bendiksen is the author of Satellites (2006), The Places We Live (2008), and The Last Testament (2017). He joined Magnum in 2004. Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection through his work. For 26 years, Chang has documented the bifurcated lives of Chinese immigrants in New York's Chinatown, along with those of their wives and families back home in Fujian. 

Dworzak has produced a number of books, including Taliban (2003) and M*A*S*H* Iraq (2007). He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 2004, and was elected president of Magnum in 2017.  Franklin became a full member of Magnum in 1989. He worked on 20 stories for National Geographic between 1991 and 2009, and is the author of Footprint: Our Landscape in Flux  (2008) and The Documentary Impulse (2016). 

Meiselas is a documentary photographer and the author of Carnival Strippers (1976), Nicaragua (1981), Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1997), Pandora's Box (2001), and Encounters with the Dani (2003). She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015. Özmen, a photographer who lives in Istanbul, covers international news and develops documentary photography projects focusing on human rights violations. His work has been published by TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Paris Match, and others.

World Affairs is an independent, non-partisan forum for exploring issues and opportunities that transcend borders. By convening over 150 programs, World Affairs engages thought leaders, change makers, and citizens to share ideas, learn from each other and engage in conversations of public concern on global issues.

The exhibit is open for complimentary viewing Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and during World Affairs programs. There is a related evening dialogue and reception on Thursday, February 21, 2019, that requires registration.


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