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Reporting the World: John Pilger's Great Eyewitness Photographers

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


09 Aug 2002 to 06 Oct 2002


Nabil Al-Jerani, Keith Bernstein, Tom Buist, Steve Cox, Nic Dunlop, Gerrit Fokkema, John Garrett, Curt Gunther, Matt Herron, Philip Jones Griffiths, Marion Kaplan, Susan Meiselas, Chris Menges, David Munro, Shigeru Oda, John Pilger, Eric Piper, Ken Regan, Peter Stone, Penny Tweedie, Anastasia Vrachnos, Paul Weinberg

about the exhibition

This exhibition featured over 200 photographs by photojournalists who have worked alongside the renowned Australian journalist and writer John Pilger. Spanning almost 40 years of Pilger’s career, the exhibition charted some of the most pivotal events in recent history, from the Vietnam War to the American civil rights movement to Australia’s peace-keeping mission in Timor-Leste. Often disturbing but always compelling, the images were selected geographically, focusing on the countries that have formed the basis for Pilger’s investigations, including Australia.

Alongside the photographs was a range of supporting material – wall texts, press articles and correspondence – that further demonstrated Pilger’s investigations into major world events and global issues such as mass migration, apartheid and child labour. As Pilger put it, 'I hope this exhibition will be a rallying cry for the renewal of photo-journalism as the first draft of people’s history that journalism ought to be.’

The exhibition also featured three films by John Pilger: The Timor Conspiracy (1999); Inside Burma: Land of Fear (1996); and Welcome to Australia (1999). The former two films were shot in secrecy in Timor and Burma, now Myanmar, and aimed to expose government corruption and human rights abuses. Welcome to Australia was released as Sydney prepared for the 2000 Olympics, looking at Aboriginal sporting achievements and the hardship and struggle Aboriginal sportsmen and women have faced to reach their goals.

Tour Itinerary

Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK: 26 July – 30 September 2001
Brisbane City Art Museum & Memorial Museum, Qld, Australia: 14 February – 14 April 2002
War Memorial Museum, New Zealand: 4 May – 21 July 2002
Melbourne Museum, Vic: 11 November 2002 – 10 March 2003