Photojournalism to educate youth about the global issue of immigration
On the occasion of Paris Photo (November 9-13), the U.S. Embassy collaborated with the prestigious Magnum Photos, founded by French and American photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and David "Chim" Seymour in the aftermath of WWII, to produce a special exhibit at the US Ambassador’s Residence showcasing L.A. photographer Jim Goldberg’s work Open See which includes large printouts and Polaroids (see photo gallery), and explores the global issue of immigration, merging photojournalism with art photography.
Capitalizing on Paris Photo’s theme of immigration as well as Jim Goldberg’s academic expertise, the U.S. embassy organized a series of speaking events with the photographer at the Ambassador’s Residence reaching out to several youth and diversity groups, including Argenteuil social center, NGO Humanity in Action Fellows, students from Gobelins school of image and Miroir school of performing arts. Goldberg’s photos were the opportunity to discuss French and US perspectives on the global issues of immigration, human trafficking and youth at risk.
To conclude this two-day program, Ambassador Rivkin and Ms. Tolson hosted an event at their Residence attended by Magnum Photos’ and Paris Photos’ guests, members of the art community, representatives from the Ministry of Culture, gallery owners, photo curators and collectors, art critics and journalists, and a group of trustees and patrons from the LACMA participating in Paris Photo.