Dedicated to mentoring and developing young, knowledgeable photojournalists and documentary filmmakers through dialogues, speaker events, workshops, galleries and critiques, we aim to provide a space on the Tufts campus for students to grow their interest in multimedia work as well as probe the ethical and educational challenges of the media’s role in bringing important social and international issues to the public’s attention.
In 2003, photojournalist James Nachtwey, Director of the Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership Sherman Teichman, and Tufts student Matthew Edmundson brainstormed in Somerville’s Diesel Café to think up a way to promote responsible journalism and documentary studies at Tufts University. From that session, [EXPOSURE] was born (it became formalized as a program Fall of 2003).
In April 2005, [EXPOSURE] and the Institute for Global Leadership hosted the VII photo agency’s first annual conference. The following summer, photographer Gary Knight and writer Mort Rosenblum held the first [EXPOSURE] workshop in Kosovo, where students documented the aftermath of that conflict six years on.
Since then, the group has grown tremendously. [EXPOSURE] has mounted exhibitions at Tufts featuring student and professional work, organized conferences, sponsored roundtables with journalists, published books, calendars, and more. Later, workshops were held in Bali, Buenos Aires, Philadelphia, Kashmir, Cambodia, Boston, Northern Uganda, Vietnam and Rajasthan.
Some prominent supporters of the program are Gary Knight, founding member of the VII photo agency; James Nachtwey, VII photographer; Mort Rosenblum, former AP correspondent and editor of the International Herald Tribune; Sara Terry of the AFTERMATH project, Jim MacMillan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and others.