Julia Leeb
“BILDERSPRACHE –
ZWISCHEN ALLMACHT UND OHNMACHT”

 

Wir befinden uns im 21. Jahrhundert – wir fliegen ins All, aber von dem, was auf unserer eigenen Welt passiert, haben wir oft gar keine Ahnung…

Die toten Winkel unserer Welt zu beleuchten, um den Vergessenen ein Gesicht zu geben, ist das Ziel eines guten Fotojournalisten. Diese Fotografien sind die Brücke zwischen jenen auf der anderen Seite der Welt und uns.

Die Macht der Bilder entfaltet sich in Kriegsgebieten. Hier werden die eingefrorenen Momente zu Zeitdokumenten, die politische Entscheidungen erzwingen können. Wenn die Bilder jedoch aus ihrem Zusammenhang gerissen werden, können sie als Waffe missbraucht werden. Konflikte oder Kriege werden vereinfacht dargestellt, eine Partei wird dämonisiert und die andere Seite idealisiert.

Wie kann sich das Echte in den Bilderlawinen durchsetzen und wie erhalten wir uns einen sensiblen Umgang mit der Wahrheit?

 

JULIA LEEB is a photojournalist and filmmaker.
The emphasis of her work is on regions in political upheaval.
She has done long-term projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iran.
Her report on women living under the rule of a warlord in the jungle of the DRC was nominated for the Peter Scholl-Latour award.

Leeb´s pictures from war-torn countries are published worldwide.
Her footage from Libya caused a stir when she and her team were bombarded by Gaddafis’s troops.

Leeb studied International Relations and Diplomacy in Madrid.
After graduation, she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy in Rome focusing on current affairs in the Arab world.
In order to deepen her knowledge about the Middle East she moved to Egypt studying Arabic and doing research on the possibilities of peaceful democratic transformations.

Strongly believing in the increasing power of pictures and their capacity to explain complex political situations in a comprehensible way, Ms. Leeb returned to Germany where she graduated from the media academy BAF in Munich.
Since then she has worked as a war reporter focusing on the revolutions and wars in the Arab world.
Later she extended her geographical reach and published the book “North Korea – Anonymous Country” which was featured on National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal and other renowned international publications.
In Germany the book was nominated for the national Photo Book Award. 

Leeb was one of the first German journalist using Virtual Reality/ 360° in crisis areas.
She produced VR/360° content about the situation in Transnistria, Congo (DRC), the Nuba Mountains (Sudan), South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda, a former sect in Chile and others.
She strongly believes that this technology will fundamentally change journalism as we know it today.
When not working for specific assignments she spends time working on her own projects which have led her to over 80 different countries.

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