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#Dysturb founders Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette present a public lecture about the current state of documentary photography and how imagery can help to create community engagement.
#Dysturb are a group of freelance photographers, who take current international photojournalism to the streets. The primary goal of #Dysturb is to make news stories accessible to the general public. By pasting large format photographs on the walls of city hubs, #Dysturb presents photojournalism in a new, innovative way, completely independent from the restrictions of conventional news publishing channels. Consequently an open forum has been created, generating discussion around current issues whilst also developing community engagement.
Photojournalism has the power to convey important information that can challenge stereotypes, initiate discussion and raise awareness to international issues. Currently, traditional media portals are struggling to invest in this medium, consequently #Dysturb conceived the idea to integrate news stories into the urban landscape, through street art. Not only can an audience physically interact with the visible pieces, but they can also interact with them virtually, through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
#Dysturb made their first appearance in Paris, and then at Visa pour l’Image, an annual photojournalism festival held in Perpignan, France. By using water-based adhesive, the group places large format prints on the side of busy streets, and it is through their hashtag #Dysturb, that they are able to transcend the real world, and delve into the digital.
From February 12, #Dysturb will be in Australia for the PhotoBook Melbourne Festival and presenting the Australian public a large variety of international work from some of the world’s most renowned photojournalists.
About the artists:
Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette are experienced photojournalists; Pierre, part of the Gamma agency, has been embedded with the French armed forces in Afghanistan, and has covered the Arab revolution in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, as well as the Russia-Georgia conflict, the earthquake in Haiti, and postelection violence in Kenya. Benjamin, part of IP3 Press agency, has reported on the fall of President Ben Ali in Tunisia, as well as Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi in Egypt. He has also extensively documented the illegal immigration in Italy and the recent uprising in Kiev, Ukraine.