Austin Center for Photography’s Intersections in Photography series features influential photographers presenting their work and addressing a related theme. These lectures are free!

The theme for the sixth forum is Picturing Crisis: Engaging the Viewer

Has the proliferation of images of violence and suffering desensitized or overwhelmed us? Do we consume images of suffering with mere intrigue, or with empathy? Three innovative photographers who work across different visual platforms addressing issues of violation and human rights discuss their work and their strategies to engage the viewer in a conversation about crises of our times.

The Intersections in Photography forum series is made possible by the UT Plan II Honors Program and is held at the Joynes Reading Room on the UT campus.


Mimi Chakarova is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose searing investigative multi-platform documentary projectThe Price of Sex-breaks new ground in exploring the horrors of sex trafficking and the struggles of women rebuilding their lives in the aftermath. Chakarova’s film is currently debuting at international film festivals. She teaches photography in the Journalism School at University of California, Berkeley

Scott Dalton is an award-winning photographer who made the transition to filmmaking with his documentary about paramilitary violence in Colombia, La Sierra, broadcast on PBS Independent Lens. Dalton has exhibited work at the Houston Center for Photography. He is photographing in medium format film for his current project about Ciudad Juarez “So Close, So Far” which won the 2011 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography award. He is alumnus of the UT photojournalism program.

Stephen Ferry has received numerous awards for his photography, most recently the first memorial Tim Heatherington Award from Human Rights Watch, for his project Violontology a Manual of the Colombia Conflict. In addition to creating a critical historical record about human rights in Colombia over the last decade, he uses innovative approaches to disseminate the work not only to a global audience but also within the community he documents.

Since UT students have priority, seating for the public is limited to around 70 and is available on a first come, first seated basis. Friends and members of ACP will have advance notice.


  • Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm
  • Where: Joynes Reading Room | Carothers Building at 2501 Whitis Ave map
  • Phone: Joynes Reading Room front desk 512-471-5787
  • Admission: Free to ACP members and general public
  • Paid parking in San Antonio Street garage map


Address: 2501 Whitis Ave, Austin, TX

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