Conflict photographer Stephen Dupont unveils new theatre project
Multi-award winning conflict photographer Stephen Dupont unveiled his latest project Don’t Look Away at an exclusive showing in Sydney last night.
Dupont took viewers on a powerful 60-minute rollercoaster ride through the world of humanity, inhumanity and insanity – spanning genocides and wars in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Vietnam, and much more.
Don’t Look Away will debut publicly in Sydney for the first time during Vivid Sydney later this year, before continuing to tour nationally.
Mixing live scripted and ad lib moments against a backdrop of arresting photographs and film footage from the frontlines, Don’t Look Away compels its audience to question their place in the world and examine memories of significant historic events. In an intimate theatre environment, the photojournalist draws his audience into the stories and events he survived to share, delivering a message of hope for the human spirit.
“Don’t Look Away tells us war is wrong, suffering can be immoral and cruel, and yet, the human spirit is unbreakable. I want people to relive some of the stories and events I experienced, to question their own role and memories of these moments and to not forget. We all need to be concerned right now. Don’t Look Away won’t just resonate with Australians; the show will be felt deeply from any audience with a sense of compassion and humanity,” says Dupont.
“After my mum passed away, I felt I needed to look into my life and close some doors. That meant going through my archive and taking the journey of a lifetime all over again. I looked back and saw that so many of my photographs had gone unpublished, and I realised I had a visual and written diary cataloguing events over more than 25 years. This inspired me to expose myself and tell the unknown stories that I had personally witnessed, which changed my life forever”, says Dupont, a recipient of some of the photography industry’s most prestigious prizes, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation, awarded for photographic reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise.
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On the back of sold-out performances at the January Mofo Festival by MONA in Hobart, last night’s closed-door performance precedes public showings at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during Vivid Sydney on the following dates:
- Saturday, 27th May 2017 at 7pm
- Tuesday, 6th June 2017 at 7pm
- Thursday, 15th June 2017 at 7pm
- Friday, 16th June 2017 at 7pm
The show will then continue on a national tour.
About Stephen Dupont
Based in Sydney, Stephen has over the past two decades produced a remarkable body of visual work; hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalised peoples. He skillfully captures the human dignity of his subjects with great intimacy and often in some of the world’s most dangerous regions including Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, and much more. His images have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into the people, culture and communities that have existed for hundreds of years, yet are fast disappearing from our world.
Stephen Dupont’s work has earned him photography’s most prestigious prizes, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation and the Olivier Rebbot Award for Photography from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the Australian Walkleys, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. In 2007 he was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. In 2010 he received the Gardner Fellowship at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.