Stirring lecture on photo reporting from conflict areas

Christine Longère, Anba Damian

It is often thanks to the courage of journalists and press photographers that we learn about war, oppression and human rights violations in the world. The multiple award-winning press photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Kai Pfaffenbach gave a stirring talk at the Coptic Orthodox Monastery in Brenkhausen about his assignments and experiences in crisis and war zones.

In an impressive lecture, he commented on his photographs, which document some 20 years of war and crisis and have been published in international newspapers and magazines worldwide. They were created in the USA, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Israel, Hong Kong and most recently Ukraine. His reflections on the creation and effect of the photos left a strong impression on the audience and led to a lively discussion.

Zu der Vortragsveranstaltung hatten gemeinsam das Netzwerk Klosterlandschaft OWL unter Leitung von Hans Hermann Jansen und das Forum Anja Niedringhaus in Höxter unter Vorsitz von Christine Longère eingeladen. The Bishop of the Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Northern Germany and representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church nationwide, Anba Damian, who described the Brenkhausen monastery as a “place of peace and tranquillity” in his introductory words, emphasised the importance and impact of journalistic reporting from conflict areas for the people living there, who had to endure much suffering and needed hope and support. “Images document, touch, warn and help … sometimes”, says Kai Pfaffenbach.