– The Calm Photography Movement opens at the Getty Images Gallery, London
-Exhibition runs 10th – 19th May 2017
-In partnership with the Campaign Against Living Miserably and Lynx
A new exhibition, The Calm Photography Movement, launches at the Getty Images Gallery in Soho on Wednesday 10th May. Coinciding with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the exhibition hopes to spark conversations about masculinity, mental health and self-expression through photography.
The exhibition is a result of a partnership between The Calm Photography Movement (TCPM) and Getty Images, with the aim of changing the way people think about and act towards mental health problems and re-picturing how such issues are seen. TCPM will raise awareness and funds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
The images on display have been selected by an esteemed panel of judges following a competitive brief to both professional and amateur photographers. Entrants were asked to submit photographs that express what it is to be a modern man in today’s fast-changing world, to shine a light on the limitations of traditional masculinity and empower us to think differently about the individual inside. Winning photographs have also been curated into a brochure available for purchase at the exhibition in support of CALM’s work.
Lee Martin, SVP EMEA at Getty Images and founder of the partnership with The Calm Photography Movement said: “There’s still massive stigma around mental illness, and all too often images representing mental health conditions play into narrow and outdated stereotypes. Depicting diversity accurately is one of our biggest priorities at Getty Images, and we’re committed to creating a range of true-to-life, authentic imagery that accurately and sensitively reflects the experience of mental illness. For this reason, our partnership with The Calm Photography Movement could not be more important and we stand as a firm supporter of their movement and of the drive for a more realistic and thoughtful depiction of mental illness.”
Tom Hind, Senior Director of Content Development at Getty Images, and lead on The Calm Photography Movement photography competition agrees: “By evolving the visuals associated with mental health we hope to play a part in improving people’s attitudes and behaviours towards those who are affected. We were delighted to have such strong submissions from photographers, often with notes about their own experiences. The work was of a very high calibre and we can’t wait to share the winning images with the public.”
TCPM founders Scott Shillum & Steve Wallington said: “We have founded The Calm Photography Movement to raise awareness of the role that photography can play in shining a light on men’s mental health after losing close family and friends to suicide in the recent past. The aim of the movement is to raise awareness and funds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. We are thrilled to have the support of Rankin & Nick Knight, along with the generous support of Lynx, Getty Images, Topman and our other suppliers and partners.”
The judging panel included renowned photographers Rankin, Nick Knight and Monica Takvam, alongside the founders of TCPM Scott Shillum and Steve Wallington, founder of DMB David Birkitt, Senior Director of Content Development at Getty Images Tom Hind, art writer Carrie Scott, Global Vice President Axe / Lynx Rik Strubel and chair of CALM James Scroggs. Judges were tasked with reviewing the entries based on composition, originality, technical skills and observance of the brief.
British fashion photographer Nick Knight states: “In most societies, men feel forced into unrealistic and unachievable roles. This can create isolation, loneliness and despair and so when things go wrong – which in life they invariably do – men can feel they have no-one to turn to and no right to seek help from any quarter. I believe that the more we break away from using gender as a deciding factor in how we should behave, the more lives will be saved. I wholeheartedly support any initiative that helps raise awareness of male suicide and opens up the conversation, thus reducing this awful and unnecessary waste of precious life and its horrific toll on the wider victims, their friends and families.”
The Calm Photography Movement runs from 10th – 19th May 2017 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus. Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 12.00pm to 5.30pm Saturday.
Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has today announced it has signed a letter of agreement to purchase the business assets of its Latin American third party distributor, operating under the name Getty Images Latin America (GILA), taking over direct operation of its business enterprises in the region.
For the past eight years, GILA has operated as one of Getty Images’ largest master delegates, building a solid base on which to support the company’s market growth plans.
The deal follows Getty Images announcement of an expanded presence in Brazil late last year and reinforces the company’s commitment to the growth of their Latin American base.
“The Latin American market is on the verge of exponential growth and presents a unique opportunity to leverage Getty Images’ expertise and resources to provide a strengthened, local offering,” said Getty Images Vice President, Latin America, Carlos Pinto. “There has been a growing demand for authentic local content from our global customer base, so we will be focused on investing in supporting the local photographer community.”
The acquisition will close in stages over the next few months.
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La fondation Chris Hondros et Getty Images ont décerné le prix Getty Images – Fondation Chris Hondros 2017 à Meredith Kohut. La photographe américaine recevra 20 000 dollars pour l’aider à développer son travail de reportages documentaires. Cette fondation porte le nom du photographe Getty Images tué en Libye le 20 avril 2011, et s’engage à promouvoir et soutenir le travail de la profession de photojournaliste.
Installée à Caracas au Venezuela, Meredith Kohut a réalisé des essais photos détaillés, couvrant ainsi des moments historiques tels que l’ascension et la chute du mouvement socialiste d’Hugo Chávez, le trafic de drogue en Bolivie ou encore la transition démocratique de Cuba. Photographe primée et reconnue, Meredith Kohut a reçu entre autre le prestigieux prix du journalisme George Polk pour le meilleur reportage étranger et le prix du New York Times pour la couverture de l’actualité étrangère.
« Chris est une véritable légende parmi les photojournalistes, pas seulement pour sa carrière extraordinaire à couvrir les conflits autour du monde, mais aussi pour la compassion et la générosité dont il a fait preuve en mettant à nu les vies des gens qu’il documentait, et avec ses confrères », explique Meredith Kohut, grande gagnante du prix Getty Images – Fondation Chris Hondros.
« La photographie a toujours fait partie intégrante de la vérité dans la façon de rapporter les faits et aujourd’hui plus que jamais. Getty Images valorise le rôle que joue chaque photojournaliste dans la façon de raconter des histoires qui comptent le plus et est heureuse de continuer à soutenir le travail essentiel de ces personnes talentueuses et courageuses », explique Pancho Bernasconi, Vice-président de l’actualité chez Getty Images et membre de la Fondation Chris Hondros. « L’influence de Chris Hondros, continue à se faire sentir aujourd’hui et Getty Images est fière de faire vivre son héritage et son travail à travers ce prix. »
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