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Smithsonian Magazine presents PhotoTalks: From the Front

  • G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)

Smithsonian magazine presents our second installment of PhotoTalks, a visual storytelling event for photographers to showcase their work and chat with viewers.

This time around we will explore themes of military and war illustrated in our January/February 2019 issue. Through the lens of photographers David Burnett, Victor J. Blue, Christie Hemm Klok, and Jeff Sheng we’ll see how military culture impacts the lives of those in and retired from service.

Serving as moderator for the evening will be two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Dana Priest of the Washington Post.

Dirksen Senate Office Building
50 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Northeast of the Capitol, adjoining the Hart Senate Office Building on a site bounded by Constitution Avenue, Second Street, First Street, and C Street NE.

DATE: 02/21/2019
TIME: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

doors open 5:30 PM

The Photographers:

David Burnett

David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than five decades of experience covering subjects ranging from war to politics to sports. He’s the founder of Contact Press Images, the New York-based photojournalism agency, and was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” in a recent issue of American Photo magazine. Burnett has won the Robert Capa Gold Medal and the World Press Photo of the Year. He’s photographed American presidents from Kennedy to Trump, and in this digital world, he still favors his 70-year-old Speed Graphic press camera.

Victor J. Blue

Victor J. Blue is a New York-based photojournalist hailing from North Carolina. He covers national and international news stories for major newspapers and magazines, shoots documentary photo projects that accompany the conflict in Afghanistan and post-conflict Guatemala, and maintains personal documentary projects that span decades. Victor has earned a total of seven Pictures of the Year International awards and 2 NPPA Best of Photojournalism awards, among other honors. His photographs have appeared in the New Yorker, Harpers, Bloomberg, andSports Illustrated among others.

Christie Hemm Klok

Christie Hemm Klok is a San Francisco-based editorial photographer. Her work focuses on portraiture and factory production. She graduated from ArtCenter College of Design with a degree in photography. Her recent collaborations include Playboy, Smithsonian Magazine, MIT Tech Review and the New York Times. Christie recently published a book focused on the women of the San Francisco Fire department: The Women of the SFFD.

Jeff Sheng

Jeff Sheng is a California-based portraitist focused on the LGBT rights movement. His photographs have been featured in publications including the New York Times Magazine, Time, and the New Yorker. Sheng photographed over 200 athletes for his series Fearless, a project about out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes on high school and college sports teams. He exhibited and spoke about the series at college campuses across the country, helping to draw attention to the way homophobia adversely affects our society. And his recent series Don’t Ask, Don’t Tellfeatures closeted LGBT United States military service members affected by the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Sheng is currently a doctoral candidate in sociology at Stanford University.