Earlier today, I was invited to share my professional experience in photojournalism to the senior students of John de Britto High School, from which I graduated more than a decade ago. The purpose of this professional orientation is to give the students an idea of what it is like in real life to work in a certain field that they may find interesting to pursue as a field of study or even future career.
I shared my session with my senior who is now a photojournalist for Kompas, one of the top national daily newspapers here in Indonesia, P. Raditya Mahendra Yasa (Wendra). I knew Wendra since I was a sophomore and he was still studying Communications at Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, almost fifteen years ago. During the session, I shared some basic and general principles and knowledge in working in photojournalism, while Wendra emphasised that though we both work in the same field, our work natures are different: him being a national daily newspaper staff photographer while I am a freelance photographer working for magazines, both national and foreign.
Thank you, Pak Widi Nugroho, my English teacher who contacted and invited me. I hope what I and Wendra shared are useful for the students.
Photographs courtesy of P. Raditya Mahendra Yasa ∎
I am invited to participate in a discussion on diversifying the content of community-based media by Combine Resource Institution on 23 May 2017 at Combine’s office in Bantul, Yogyakarta. In the discussion, I will share a little bit about photo stories in community-based media. The discussion is free of charge and open for public. ∎
I will share my experience on photojournalism and photo stories in this workshop, organised by Clapeyron student press publishing of Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta. Also speaking in this workshop is photojournalist Taufan Wijaya.
More information here.
Me (right) with co-speaker Taufan Wijaya at the workshop at Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, March 2017. Photo courtesy of LPPM Nuansa Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (source). ∎
I am invited by my alma mater, Department of Communications, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada to give a talk on the practice of photojournalism, as part of their annual student contests Ajisaka. The committee asked me to share my experiences as a working photojournalist to the finalists of the photo contest and to give comments to their works. The talk will be held this Friday, 4 November 2016 at 9.00. It is open for public and free of charge. ∎
I am invited to join as a speaker in this talk show on “Sharing with Photography”, organized by Galang Press foundation in conjunction with a photo exhibition commemorating the 10th anniversary of Merapi volcano’s 2006 eruption and the 6th anniversary of its 2010 eruption. The exhibition features works by photojournalists Boy T. Harjanto (at that time covering for The Jakarta Globe newspaper), Wawan H. Prabowo (Kompas daily), and Slamet Riyadi (stringer for The Associated Press news agency).
The talk show is inspired by Boy T. Harjanto’s practice of giving back to the communities around the slopes of Merapi volcano affected by the eruption. Boy collected his work into a photo book titled Merapi 120 FPS and gave few hundred copies of it to the people of Merapi for free. Those people sold the books to tourists and used the money to rebuild their lives, as they had lost almost everything (houses, cattles, farms, even their lands) during the 2010 eruption. In the talk, Boy will explain more of this practice, what the idea was behind it and how he did it, while I will try to broaden the discussion by presenting similar practices throuhout the history of photography.
The talk show will be held this Sunday, 30 October 2016 at 15.00.
It is open for public and free of charge. ∎