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Louis Leeson and Antonio Olmos

  • theprintspace 74 Kingsland Road London E2 8DL United Kingdom (map)

For our August talk, we're pleased to welcome Louis Leeson and Antonio Olmos to PhotoForum. Both photographers have worked extensively for both newspapers and third sector organisations around the world, and their work shares a strong engagement with human rights issues and the photographic representation of traumatic events.

Please come and join us for what will be a thought-provoking evening of photography and discussion. As always, PhotoForum is free and open to all. Doors open at 7:00PM for a prompt 7:30PM start.

© Louis Leeson

© Louis Leeson

Louis Leeson is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in London but working internationally. The stories he has covered include the humanitarian fallout of the civil war and famine in South Sudan, the refugee exodus from Syria, and the West African Ebola Epidemic. This year he made work in Nigeria, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, The Gambia, Senegal, Lebanon, and Uganda for NGO clients and for newspapers.

In his personal work Louis is concerned with the visual representation of trauma and how as photographers we can tell stories ethically and with dignity for those in the pictures.

© Antonio Olmos

© Antonio Olmos

Antonio Zazueta Olmos is a Photojournalist who has worked covering issues concerning human rights, the environment and conflict. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa for newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as leading NGOs. Antonio is also a dedicated editorial portrait photographer whose portraits have been published around the world and have been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery.

Antonio was born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1963. He studied Photojournalism at California State University, Fresno, until 1988. Antonio began his career at the Miami Herald where he was a staff photographer for 3 years. He moved to Mexico City in 1991 to become a freelance photographer, from where he covered news stories in Central America and the Caribbean for the Black Star Photo Agency. Antonio has been based in London since 1994 and is represented by Eyevine. Antonio was the recipient of a First Place Award in the World Press for the People in The News Category for his work in the Palestinian Occupied Territories in 2001. Antonio has worked in conflict zones in Northern Ireland, Haiti, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Angola. In 2013, The Landscape of Murder was published by Dewi Lewis, a project which documented every murder site in the city of London in 2011 and 2012.

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