Our next event is on the risks journalists take to get their stories. We’re focusing on the Texas wildfires which began in November 2010 and lasted until October 2011, destroying just shy of 4 million acres and 2,862 homes. Almost 50% of all the acreage burned in the U.S. in 2011 burned in Texas. Our panelists – photographers who covered fires in Bastrop and the Texas Hill Country – will talk about the risks they took to get the images that told the story of the blaze.
The discussion will be moderated by event chair Alex Hannaford. As always, questions from the audience are encouraged, and the debate will continue afterward over a glass of wine.
Jay Janner is a staff photographer at the Austin American-Statesman and two-time NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year. He has been named Photographer of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Headliners Foundation of Texas.
Terry Hagerty is Assistant Editor (and photographer) on the Bastrop Advertiser. He was so busy covering the fire last summer he didn’t have time to think about his own apartment that had burned down or the possessions he’d lost – including 25-years-worth of his photography. Hagerty was with firefighters when it broke out north of town.
Kodiak Greenwood was born and raised in Big Sur, California and received his degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. During the California wildfires of 2008, Kody was forced to put down his camera and help tackle the blaze.
May 31, 6:30 p.m. at WriteByNight Headquarters (1305 E. 6th Street, Suite 4, Austin). $5 at the door (refreshments provided).
RSVP here. Seating is first come, first served.