Reportage illustration is finding a new and powerful role in the era of fake news and disposable fast-moving media. Gary Embury and Mario Minichiello discuss the increasing importance of contemporary reportage illustration, documentary drawing practices and their relevancy as a source of reporting in a post truth age.
Reportage art has re-emerged at a time when we are being bombarded by an endless stream of often confusing images with no explanation of who made them and for what purpose. There is evidence that as a consequence there is a reduction in attention span, as well as visual memory - there is also evidence that we are losing our ability to trust what we see in the media. In reportage the artist is always on hand. An illustration is an executive summary of ideas and the world we see. What the reportage artist saw they always aim to share, but they also standby what they have stated, and this is the key to building trust and social cohesion.
Reportage drawing is a valuable interpreter of contemporary events and offers a perspective different to the dramatic spectacles of photojournalism. In the age of the digitally mediated image and 24 hour rolling news reporting, can reportage artists continue to contribute to our perceptions of social, political issues, war and conflict.
Gary Embury is Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England and Professor Mario Minichiello is Head of Design at University of Newcastle Australia and the co-authors of Reportage Illustration: Visual Journalism by Bloomsbury Publishing.
A fantastic book of reportage drawings of New York over the last 30 years by artist Lucinda Rogers. This book is currently being funded on Kickstarter on the link below.It's beautifully designed by Simon Esterson and is a visual commentary on how this iconic city has changed over the last three decades.
"Luckily, she started drawing the city 30 years ago, when much of Manhattan was still pre-corporate and untamed. These drawings render the distilled essence of New York City, a strong and complex blend of flavors." Luc Sante
An Innovative Cross Media Art and Storytelling project.
Exhibition in Nepal and Bristol.
A parallel exhibition of cross media work including artwork, photography and audio testimony and interviews with survivors and relief personnel will be in Nepal and Bristol, UK at The Atrium Gallery, University of the West of England, Bower Ashton Campus from 25th April 2016.
Work will be available to view during exhibition set up on 25th April 2016 and then every day (not including weekends or bank holidays -2nd May) until 4.00pm Friday 6th May
9.00am - 7.00pm (fridays 5.00pm)
The Atrium Gallery
University of the West of England
Bower Ashton Campus
Kennel Lodge Road
Bristol BS3 2JT
New cross-media storytelling project, focusing on Nepal
Calling all Artists!
We are looking for Artists to be a part of Reflections 25.4.16, an innovative new cross-media storytelling project, focusing on Nepal in the year since the April 2015 earthquake. We have personal interviews from individuals in Nepal, just waiting for artists to bring their stories to life.
On 25th April we are launching our website and having an exhibition in the Prestigious Patan Gallery, Durbar Square, Nepal. We are searching for 20 portraits to go with our stories (paint, sculpture, mixed media or digital work).
What we're about
Reflections website will be a new platform for telling real stories. Focusing on the lives of people in Nepal in the year since the earthquake, we want to promote and share stories of active positive change from individuals and community groups, and highlight the importance of these grassroots activists in improving the world.
We will use the exhibition, website and book to promote art and artists, local and international. We will use real journalism as a tool for positive change in the world.
April 25th 2016 - EXHIBITION in Kathmandu, Nepal and REFLECTIONS WEBSITE LAUNCH
November - REFLECTIONS BOOK publication goes on sale
The Exhibition - an innovative format in storytelling
Photos taken on location
Interview transcript in English
Artist's credits/ contact details
How to enter:
1 - Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
3 low resolution images of your previous work
personal introduction (& artist website if possible)
Subject: Artist's submission - your name
Deadline - 20th March 2016
Chosen artists will receive an email with photo and story
They will have 1 month to complete their portrait
(up to 20 more artists may be contacted for additional submissions to be featured online or in the publication)
3 - Deadline to submit portrait (Digital or original if in Nepal)
Sunday 17th April
4 - Exhibition and website go live 25th April!
5 - Portraits will be auctioned and proceeds will go to local organizations
We look forward to seeing your artwork. Together we can share real stories and work for positive change here in Nepal!
Reflections 25.4.16 team
find us on Facebook: Reflections 25.4.16
Reportager award Recipient Joe Munro's trip to Cuba
Joe Munro, the first recipient of the Reportager Student Award has just embarked upon a trip to Cuba as a result of the bursary provided by Moleskine. Joe won the award in May this year and has spent the summer preparing for his trip.
For the past 50 years Cuba’s future has been embedded in global systems that have the ability to connect and disconnect them in surprising and complicated ways, which has effected the day to day lives of those inhabited there. My main intention for this project is to document and bear witness to particularly interesting aspects of Cuban lifestyle, industry and culture through a series of reportage driven, visual essays. My journey begins in Havana from where I will begin trickling my way down the south coast of the island until I reach Santiago. This project will recognise the value of documenting Cuba in its time-warped state as a result of its restricted trade laws since the Cold War. Despite the Embargo between the United States and Cuba not being lifted, it has been relaxed to allow import, export, and certain commerce between the two countries. I want to uncover stories and themes from local Cubans and communities about how this has affected their lifestyle and shaped the landscape around them. In such a landscape of interwoven narratives, I hope to be able to document this network of hidden stories and re-imagine the complex and contradictory realities of the present. Creating these drawings as a historical record and platform I hope to suggest the extraordinary future of this complex, unique country.
Joe Munro 2015
Reportager Award 2015 Exhibition
A selection of entries submitted to the Reportager Award 2015 were on show at the F Block Gallery at University of the West of England, Bower Ashton Campus.
The Reportager award 2015 is now open for entries
Reportager in partnership with Moleskine announce a call for submissions for the Reportager award 2015. The award is intended to encourage new, existing and emerging talent and projects in the area of reportage and documentary drawing.
The awards are international and open to artists and illustrators 18+ refer to terms and conditions and guidelines on the awards page. http://reportager.uwe.ac.uk/award.htm
Deadline for submissions: 11.59pm 31st March 2015
Chronicle: An Exhibition of Topolski Studio's Residents' Reportage Drawings
Private view Friday 3rd October 6.30pm at Topolski Studio Open to the public with drop-in family art activities: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 10am-6pm Monday 6th 10am-5pm and Tuesday 7th October 10am-3pm
Topolski Studio and Reportager, University of the West of England, present the work of Edwood Burn, Luisa Crosbie, Pat Macdonald, Jack Miller, Jack Wheatley and Georgia Wilson, the Residents of the Chronicle Residency Programme, at Topolski Studio.
For Topolski Studio's Chronicle Residency Programme, six young artists reported local issues and events through drawing. They produced a hand-printed Chronicle, a broadsheet of reportage drawing, chronicling contemporary issues of the Twenty-First Century just as artist Feliks Topolski did of the Twentieth.
Sixty years since Topolski launched his Chronicles, Topolski Studio's Chronicle for the Twenty-First Century and accompanying reportage drawings of London will be exhibited alongside Feliks Topolski's original Chronicles and drawings, contrasting what Topolski recorded 50 and 60 years ago with what the young artists record today.
Sanctuaries: Temporary Dwellings of the Real Opening 6th Feb 2014 6-10pm Friday 7th March, 9.30-16.3 Rich Mix Ground Floor and Mezzanine Gallery, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. London, E16LA
'Live Hazard' explores how artists re-establish drawing as an essential mode of communication engaging with technology and music in a multidisciplinary visual landscape. The exhibition will open with an illustrated concert
Participating artists, Gary Embury, Rachel Gannon, Mikey Georgeson, Tim Vyner, Mathew Booker, Derek Bainton, Yossi Waxman, tracey Thompson, Stephanie Black, Valerie Pezeron, Yaora Eshet, Anna Beam, Sophie O'Connor, Chi Chavure, Joseph lawrence, Charlie Warde, Roderick mills, Hannah Simpson, Reportager/Topolski residents and First Hand Collective. Musicians: IlliAdato, Jo Thomas, Ben Bowdler, Guy Harries, Yumi Hara Cawkwell and Masol/DJ SheGotSoul.