Photographer Cedric Nunn Speaks at NYU

“25 Years of Witnessing Social Change in South Africa.”

Cedric Nunn, South African photographer in conversation with Peter Lucas from the Tisch School of Photography and Imaging will speak about photography and human rights.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Venue: NYU Museum Studies, seminar room, 240 Greene Street, 4th floor.

Cedric Nunn was born in 1957 in Nongoma, KwaZulu, and raised in Hluhluwe, Mangete and Baynesfield. He began photographing in the early eighties when the Apartheid State imposed the harshest law against Black South Africans.  Cedric directed his camera in the opposite direction to what mainstream journalist were documenting on witnessing about Apartheid.  His work details a poetic depth to the complexities of human rights in South Africa.

Over the past 25 years Cedric Nunn has used the camera to bear witness to the many human rights issues experienced in South Africa.

Peter Lucas has taught at Columbia University as a lecturer of peace education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, at The New School, Bogazici University, and Istanbul University.  His research and teaching focuses on international studies in human rights, human rights and photography, human rights and media, the poetics of witnessing, peace education, and human rights education and documentary practice.  His current projects include a study of seven photojournalists for the Rio-based web portal, Viva Favela.  His book, Viva Favela: Photojournalism, Visual Inclusion, and Human Rights in Brazil is forthcoming.

For more information please contact Bronwynne Pereira on 3475155765

Refreshments will be provided.

This program is made possible with the support of the Museum Studies Program at NYU.

Further Reading

No more caricatures

Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.