The World in Pictures / 從鏡頭中看世界

(按此看中文版)

What will you record down if a camera is offered to you?

“Camera is a storyteller.” Daniel GROSHONG, a professional photographer from TIME and the founder of Hummingfish Foundation, said. Hall 10 Photography Club had the honour to invite him to share with us about his 30-year photography career at “The World in Pictures” on 10 January.

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From the US to Pakistan to Timor-Leste; from Nelson Mandela to Bill Clinton to Lee Teng-hui; from explosion scenes to terrorism attacks to Taliban’s jail; from the land to the sea: he had been to adventures all over the world. He almost never shot a peaceful landscape, but presented a brutal yet true world under the covers of war, blood, bones and desperate faces of children. The photographer behind those lenses took the very risk of facing death. Waiting for three days without rest just to take one perfect shot, asking permission for photograph from terrorists, being threatened in open fire by North Korean soldiers to hand over the film…… He is such a respectful man, and his work? Breathtaking.

March 2nd 2004 Luro, East Timor-A man smokes a cigarette hand rolled in corn husk in the remote town of Luro, which is located in the Lautem District of East Timor. Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
March 2nd 2004 Luro, East Timor-A man smokes a cigarette hand rolled in corn husk in the remote town of Luro, which is located in the Lautem District of East Timor. Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
August 25th, 2001-Dili, Timor-Leste-Men dress in traditional costume, while attending a political rally in the Timorese National Capital of Dili. Photograph by Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
August 25th, 2001-Dili, Timor-Leste-Men dress in traditional costume, while attending a political rally in the Timorese National Capital of Dili. Photograph by Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
May 22nd 2004-Com, East Timor-A Timorese collage kid on holiday plays with friends in the sand on a beach near the town of Com. Com is located in Lautem district and is known for it's beautiful beaches and great diving. Photograph by Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
May 22nd 2004-Com, East Timor-A Timorese collage kid on holiday plays with friends in the sand on a beach near the town of Com. Com is located in Lautem district and is known for it’s beautiful beaches and great diving. Photograph by Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group

Does camera exist to record the world?

“Actually it’s for making changes to the world. A photo sometimes can rock the world.” Although it is certain that sportsmen, business celebrities, politicians, rare creatures and natural scenery can also be found under his camera lens. “I’m currently writing a book about Timor-Leste. I really hope that people will no longer relate only danger and poverty to this country. They have not known the gorgeous nature there.”

“Photography is meaningful yet crazy,” Daniel said, “People would think you are insane if you lie on the street in Mongkok, but they would understand that if you take a camera with you. People wouldn’t view photographers as weirdoes no matter what they do when shooting photos, which I believe can also be considered as a privilege of photographers.”

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Writer:   Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator:   Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographer:   Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall)
Images:   http://www.easttimornow.com.au

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給你一部相機,你會用它來記錄什麼呢?

「相機是用來講故事的。」《時代雜誌》職業攝影師兼Hummingfish Foundation 的創始人Daniel GROSHONG 先生如是說,舍堂十攝影學會有幸於一月十日請到他來到城大舉辦《鏡頭中看世界》講者,與我們一起分享三十年的職業攝影師生涯。

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從美國到巴黎到巴基斯坦到東帝汶,從曼德拉到克林頓到李登輝,從大爆炸到恐怖襲擊到塔利班的監獄,從陸地到群島到深海,他走遍全世界。他的鏡頭下幾乎沒有單純的山水風景,而是給大家還原了一個更加真實卻殘酷的世界:戰爭、鮮血、白骨、絕望的孩子的臉,而鏡頭背後的攝影師,經歷的是一次次生死冒險與驚心動魄。為了一張照片連續蹲守三天三夜,與恐怖分子面對面交涉徵求拍照的許可,被北韓的士兵開槍威脅交出菲林…… 如果讓我用一個詞形容他的作品,是震撼;形容他本人,是偉大。

March 2nd 2004 Luro, East Timor-A man smokes a cigarette hand rolled in corn husk in the remote town of Luro, which is located in the Lautem District of East Timor. Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
2004年3月2日,東帝汶一名男子卷著煙草在遙遠的村莊Luro裡,安靜地抽著煙。
August 25th, 2001-Dili, Timor-Leste-Men dress in traditional costume, while attending a political rally in the Timorese National Capital of Dili. Photograph by Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
2001年8月25日,東帝汶男子穿著傳統服裝,在首都帝力參與政治遊行活動。
May 22nd 2004-Com, East Timor-A Timorese collage kid on holiday plays with friends in the sand on a beach near the town of Com. Com is located in Lautem district and is known for it's beautiful beaches and great diving. Photograph by Daniel J. Groshong/Tayo Photo Group
2004年5月22日,少年們趁著假日在Com鎮附近的海灘上嬉戲。

相機是用來記錄這個世界的嗎?

「是去改變。你相信嗎?有時一張照片足以使整個世界為之震動。」當然啦,他的鏡頭下還有運動員、商政界知名人士、珍稀的動植物和景觀。「我正在出版一本關於東帝汶的書,我希望大家提到東帝汶時,不會只想到危險、貧窮,其實那裡的景色很美。」

「攝影是件有意義的也是瘋狂的事情。」Daniel 說,「你去到旺角,躺在大街中央,大家會覺得,這個人瘋了吧,但如果你帶著相機,大家就會理解了。無論攝影師做出什麼奇怪的事,大家都不會覺得稀奇的。這也是攝影師才有的特權吧。」

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文:   王琪 (舍堂十)
攝:   丁琳笠 (校友樂禮堂)
圖:   http://www.easttimornow.com.au

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