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Afghanistan – A Distant War

Robert Nickelsberg

Upcoming Events

March 23, 2015: CMENAS Lecture Series, International Institute, Ann Arbor Michigan

In this lecture, Robert Nickelsberg will discuss his most recent volume of photographs: Afghanistan – A Distant War. The images in the book are captioned with places, dates, and Nickelsberg’s own extensive commentary. Timely and important, the book serves as a reminder that Afghanistan and the rest of the world remain inextricably linked, no matter how much we long to distance ourselves from its painful realities.

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January 29, 2015: The Future of Long-Form Visual Journalism

FutureofPhotoJournJoin distinguished and award-winning photojournalists to discuss the future of visual journalism, including the landscape, coverage, and critical factors needed to succeed.


Greg Marinovich Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer; Co-Author, “The Bang Bang Club”


Robert Nickelsberg Author, “Afghanistan: A Distant War

Dominic Chavez, Freelance photographer, National Press Photographers Association

Yunghi Kim, COM ’84 Recipient: World Press Photo Award; POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year

Jessica Dimmock, Author, photographer and videographer; recipient, The Infinity Award for Photojournalist.

Gary Knight, Founder/Director, Program for Narrative & Documentary Studies

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Nickelsberg Speaks to Naval Postgraduate School

Robert Nickelsberg will address Defense Department Students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California about “Afghanistan – A Distant War” on October 16th, 2014.


September 25, 2014: “From the Outside In”, OPC Photo Award Winners and Editors Share Best Practices

For an up-close view of photographs that won OPC awards this year, and a chance to meet some of the photographers, join the OPC Sept. 25 at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

The event will include a photo exhibit showcasing work by Tyler Hicks of The New York Times, who won the OPC’s Robert Capa Gold Medal and a Pulitzer Prize for his photos of the Kenyan mall massacre; OPC board member Robert Nickelsberg, who won the Olivier Rebbot Award for his book “Afghanistan – A Distant War“; and Jerome Delay of AP, who won the John Faber Award for his photos of unrest in the Central African Republic.

Nickelsberg will join Sarah Voisin, a 2009 OPC winner, and James Estrin, who is co-editor of The New York Times Lens Blog, to discuss best practices on international reporting. Voisin won the John Faber award in 2009 for her photos of Mexico’s drug war. She is a photographer for the Washington Post, and a co-founder of Women Photojournalists of Washington. Abi Wright, executive director of prizes at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and an OPC board member, will moderate.

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