Photographers Babajanyan, Bach, Gilbertson, Kashi, Njiokiktjien, Sobecki and Stanmeyer on fake news’ effects on photojournalism
We asked Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followers to submit questions about fake news as it relates to photojournalism for the next installment of 7 with VII where VII photographers answer your seven questions. Read on for the answers from VII members Anush Babajanyan, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki and John Stanmeyer, and VII Mentor Program photographer Arnau Bach.
For Ilvy Njiokiktjien, a stint as the Dutch national photographer turned into a never-ending party. Given the task in 2013 of exploring the theme of “Family,” she wondered about the moments that united extended clans. “I thought of times when you see your relatives: funerals and birthdays,” she said. “The latter seemed more fun, and appropriate.”
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White South African teens wrestle with an uncertain identity. An extreme right-wing group is teaching young Afrikaners to eschew Nelson Mandela's vision of a multicultural rainbow nation. The fringe group Kommandokorps organizes camps during school holidays where Afrikaner teenagers learn self-defense and how to combat a perceived black enemy. The group’s leader, self-proclaimed ‘Colonel’ Franz Jooste, served with the South African Defence Force under the old apartheid regime. The teenagers are taught (brainwashed might be a more accurate term) that they are their own people — not South Africans but Afrikaners — and that they shouldn't integrate in the new democratic South Africa.
This disturbing multimedia production about the racist, right-wing organization was awarded 1st Prize in Multimedia by World Press Photo. The story was made by Dutch journalist/videographer Elles van Gelder & Dutch photojournalist Ilvy Njiokiktjien in conjunction with their production company froginatent.com.