Photography: A Climate for Conflict with Nichole Sobecki
Nichole Sobecki is a photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya, and represented internationally by the photo agency VII. After graduating from Tufts University, Nichole spent the early years of her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. In this public lecture, Nichole will discuss the COAL+ICE exhibition at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culturecoinciding with Governor Jerry Browns Global Climate Action Summitand talk more broadly, in an interview-style format, about some of the reasons behind migration and the power and limitations of photography as an art form. From 2012-2015, Nicole led Agence France-Presses East Africa video bureau and was a 2014 Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. In 2018 she was awarded by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize in new media for her images documenting Europe's response to the the African migration crisis. Nichole's work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (P×3), The Magenta Foundation, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, among others. Nichole aims to create photographs and films that demand consideration for the lives of those representedtheir joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity.