Who: Kim Komenich
What: Photojournalism: Then and Now
Where: Boulder Ridge Community Center | 906 Park Ave w. Watford City, ND 58854
When: July 14, 2016 | 6pm – 9pm
Why: With special thanks to the North Dakota Humanities Council, Kim Komenich is coming to Watford City during the 30th Anniversary of his award-winning work and the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes to discuss the power of journalism and how it contributes to an informed society. This event is brought to you by the ND Humanities Council, Intersection Journal, The Roosevelt Inn & Suites and includes promotional support from the McKenzie County Farmer and the Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County.
PRIOR TO THE EVENT: Kim will be creating an original photo essay in and around Watford City, ND, focusing on the “things that endure” in Western North Dakota. He will be taking an anthropological look at the fabric and foundation of this region including how our way of life has changed (or hasn’t changed) in recent years. This photo essay will be published on Intersection Journal and will be discussed and compared to his historical work in the Philippines at this event, providing the audience with a very current representation of the same authentic journalism that he used in the Philippines in the 1980’s.
LODGING: For folks traveling from out of town – reserve a room at the Roosevelt Inn in Watford City for discounted group rate! Call (701) 842-3686 and mention “Kim Komenich Event.”
About Kim Komenich
Kim Komenich is an assistant professor for photojournalism at San Francisco State University.
Komenich worked as a staff photographer and editor for the San Francisco Examiner (1982-2000) and the San Francisco Chronicle (2000-2009). He was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for photographs of the 1986 Philippine “People Power” Revolution he made while on assignment for the Examiner.
Catholic nuns from the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception help form the first line of defense against Marcos troops on EDSA Boulevard, two miles from the headquarters of anti-Marcos leaders. Religious leaders were a key part of the “People Power” revolt that brought down Marcos on Feb. 24, 1986 Photo by Kim Komenich for the San Francisco Examiner. (Copyright, 2011, Bancroft Library/the University of California)
A masked protester stands on Roxas Boulevard across from the United States Embassy on Sept. 20, 1984. The protesters were dispersed by riot police after a two-hour standoff.
Representatives of tribal groups scale of four-story tall statue of Ferdinand Marcos in La Union Province in a rite to exorcise the former president’s spirit from the statue. (Mar. 10, 1986.) Photo by Kim Komenich for the San Francisco Examiner. (Copyright, 2011, Bancroft Library/the University of California)
As the pro-Aquino military seized the headquarters of the Armed Forces and National Police of the Philippines in Manila, thousands of supporters gathered outside in the human barricade that repeatedly turned Marcos tanks and troops away. These days marked a pivotal time in the history of the media. (Feb. 25, 1986.)
Philippine presidential candidate Corazon Aquino jokes with an aide as her campaign bus tours to the Cavite province in advance of the Feb. 7, 1986 presidential election. (Jan. 28, 1986.)
Millions gather at Manila’s Luneta Park on the first anniversary of the assassination of Benigno Aquino. August 21, 1984
His 2016 book “Revolution Revisited” is part of an ongoing re-examination of People Power which includes a 70-minute documentary film, exhibition tours in the Philippines and the U.S. and the interactive website revolutionrevisited.com . Komenich has made six trips to the Philippines since 2010 in an effort to locate some of the subjects in his 1980’s photos– rich and poor– in an effort to find out how, 30 years later, the revolution has affected their lives.
In addition to his work in the Philippines, Komenich has photographed the ramifications of conflict in Vietnam, El Salvador, the former Soviet Union and most recently in Iraq, where photos from his three trips to the Sunni Triangle in 2005 earned him the Military Reporters and Editors’ Association’s 2006 Photography Award.
He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 1983 World Press Photo News Picture Story Award, and three National Headliner Awards. He is a 2005 recipient of the National Press Photographers Association’s Clifton C. Edom Education Award, and 2010 recipient of the NPPA Humanitarian Award.
He was a 1993-94 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a fall, 2001 teaching fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies at U.C. Berkeley. In 2006 he was named a Dart Ochberg Fellow, working with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University, curating photo exhibitions and giving presentations to journalists about the human toll of covering traumatic events.