Mr Jack Picone, Artist-in-Residence of Lingnan University’s Department of Visual Studies in the first semester of 2012/13, who is an editorial and documentary photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand, gave a lecture on “Documentary Photography in Motion – 1200 Miles: Life and Death on the Thai-Burma Border” on 5 November.
Hundreds of thousands of displaced Burmese and ethnic minorities live precarious lives on the Thai-Burma border. They have fled persecution by Burma’s brutal military government, and made a long and dangerous journey through dense jungles, and across mountains and rivers. In their flight from oppression they often illegally cross the border into Thailand. Jack shared how he documented those escapees’ lives in the Thai-Burmese border and communicate with them, enabling students to better understand their life of despair and diaspora.
Mr Jack Picone holds a MVA (High Dist) from Griffith University in Australia. He has over two decades of experience working in scores of countries, including some of the world’s most dangerous places: Israel, Iraq, Angola, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. Jack has received prestigious awards in photojournalism including, The World Press Awards, The Photographer of The Year Awards (POY), the Mother Jones/Fifty Crows Grant for social documentary photography and Walkley’s Photography Essay Award (2010). His work has been exhibited several times at the Visa d’ Or Reportage Festival in France, as well as in major national galleries worldwide.