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James Whitlow Delano Discusses Photography and the Human Condition at Johns Hopkins

Event Date:

October 23, 2018 | 4:30 PM EDT


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Kennedy Auditorium, Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 22036

Many families sleep on Mabini Street of Malate, Manila, often suffering not only from poverty but substance abuse problems. By May 2016, a little over one month before the inauguration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, extrajudicial killings have taken the lives of over 8,000 Filipinos. As of June 2017, almost all the homeless who sleep on Mabini Street are no longer there, their whereabouts unknown. Image by James Whitlow Delano. Philippines, 2016.

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Focus on the Story: How Photography Shapes our Understanding of the Human Condition. Photo credits: Ritika Sood (left), Robert Ticzon (center), and James Whitlow Delano (right). Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. United States, 2018.
Focus on the Story: How Photography Shapes our Understanding of the Human Condition. Photo credits: Ritika Sood (left), Robert Ticzon (center), and James Whitlow Delano (right). Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. United States, 2018.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, award-winning photojournalist and Pulitzer Center grantee James Whitlow Delano discusses his photo series on the Duterte drug war as part of a panel and exhibition: 'Focus on the Story: How Photography Shapes Our Understanding of the Human Condition.'  The event begins at 4:30 pm at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Photography plays a vital role in shaping our understanding of poverty, violence, and inequality, which in turn shapes the policies we use to address these challenges. This event, moderated by Shamila N. Chaudhary, Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute Fellow, will examine the stories photographs tell about development, drawing on the work of SAIS students and photojournalist James Whitlow Delano.

A discussion between Delano and Professor Tanvi Nagpal about the impact of President Duterte's drug war on poor families in the Philippines will provide a case study of the relationship between photography, advocacy, and policy.

The discussion will be followed by a reception and exhibition of the winning photos from the SAIS Perspectives photo contest and an exhibition of award-winning photography curated by Focus on the Story, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages photographers of diverse backgrounds to explore the power of visual storytelling to spark social change.

James Whitlow Delano is a documentary photographer based in Tokyo. His work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and has led to four monograph photo books, including Empire: Impressions from China and Black Tsunami: Japan 2011. Delano's projects have been received widespread recognition, including the Alfred Eisenstadt Award, Leica's Oskar Barnack award (honorable mention), Picture of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism, and Photo District News. He is also a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His most recent work, "Collateral Damage in Duterte's War on Drugs," documents the experiences of poor families in Metro Manila who have lost members to the crackdown on the drugs.  This project was funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Tanvi Nagpal is the Director of the International Development Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS. After a decade at the World Bank, where her work focused on urban environmental policy and programming, Dr. Nagpal moved into the world of non-profits. As program director of Global Water Challenge, she guided multi-million dollar investments in school water and sanitation. She also served as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundations, evaluating their philanthropic investments in water and sanitation. At SAIS, she leads the IDEV Practicum capstone and teaches classes on delivering services in developing countries, and inclusive and sustainable urbanization. Professor Nagpal is an affiliated scholar at the Urban Institute where her research focuses on improving governance and generating finance for pro-poor water and sanitation services. Professor Nagpal received a BA in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University.

Shamila N. Chaudhary (moderator) is a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr. She is a foreign policy expert specializing in counterterrorism, national security policy, South Asia, and also writes on American socio-economic and political issues. Her work is regularly cited and published in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, and the New York Times and she has frequently appeared on CNN, BBC News America, NPR, Fox News and other outlets. She served twelve years in the U.S. government, including at the Obama Administration White House National Security Council and on the staff of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is co-editor of the documentary photography book UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People's Response. @ShamilaCh

This event is free, open to the public, and on the record.

Space is limited—register today!


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