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Visual Media and Storytelling with Brian L. Frank at Harvard Kennedy School

  • Harvard Kennedy School 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Brian L. Frank's 2017 CatchLight Fellowship project Out of Bounds is currently on view at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Out of Bounds looks at targeted policing and criminalization of minority youth, and explores the practice of the California Youth Authority’s incarceration of youth in work camps in the remote Tahoe forest; not all prisons have bars and walls.

This is the first installment of Focal Points, a photography exhibition series that explores visual journalistic practice in the context of policy and academic discussions. Focal Points is intended to celebrate diversity of perspective in visual narratives at the nexus of art, journalism and social issues. The exhibition will be shown in Shorenstein through February 2019 and will include a series of events February 6-7 with Brian L. Frank in partnership with the Shorenstein Center, Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program and the Social Innovation and Change Initiative.

Juvenile Justice Reform Through Photography and Visual Storytelling

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
5:15 - 7:15pm
Harvard Law School
WCC B-015 (Wasserstein basement)

Join the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) for a dinner talk with photojournalist Brian Frank, with introductory remarks by CatchLight Founder and Shorenstein Fellow, Nancy Richards Farese.

Visual Media and Storytelling on Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, February 7, 2019
12:00 - 1:00pm
Wexner Conference Room, Wexner Bldg., Room 434AB

Please join us for a highly visual panel on the use of visual journalism tools for purpose and impact. The theme is visual media and storytelling for the social good, specifically in criminal justice reform and advocacy journalism on the issue — what can visual media do, and what do we want it to do, in framing human rights issues and advocating for awareness and change?

The Speakers

Brian L. Frank

Photojournalist and 2017 CatchLight Fellow, currently exhibiting at the Shorenstein Center and showing images from his recent exhibition Out of Bounds


Rebecca Richman Cohen

Emmy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, specializing in human rights and criminal defense and showing video from her op/doc series


Carroll Bogert

Moderator, founder of the award winning media operations of Human Rights Watch, now President at The Marshall Project

Visual Storytelling for Social Change

Thursday, February 7, 2019
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Rubenstein 414AB, HKS, Cambridge, MA

The Social Innovation and Change Initiative is delighted to welcome photojournalist Brian Frank for an interactive roundtable conversation exploring the role of visual journalism in social innovation and social change movements. With over a decade of experience working on social documentary projects focusing on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers’ rights, and the environment, Brian will reflect on the experiences that led him to utilize photography as a tool to expose pressing, yet often unseen, social issues.

During this event, we will examine Brian’s new exhibition Out of Bounds, which looks at targeted policing and criminalization of minority youth and explores the incarceration of youth in work camps. All are welcome and students with interest or experience at the intersection of arts, innovation, and activism are encouraged to attend and share their perspective.

This roundtable is brought to you in partnership with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Brian’s exhibition, Out of Bounds, will be shown at The Shorenstein Center through Feb 15, 2019. All exhibitions are free and open to the public during normal office hours.