Photojournalists on the Front Line: The Emotional Toll Moderated by Gallery Photographer Sanjay Suchak

March 25, 2024 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

 Photojournalists on the Front Line: The Emotional Toll — Karsh Institute of Democracy (

Via University of Virginia Karsh Institute of Democracy

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Photojournalists document the world around us. We see their images directly on our devices and televisions, capturing emotions and connecting us to stories at home and abroad. How do photojournalists help us understand difficult topics and breaking news? How does covering complex and emotional issues affect photojournalists personally?

Join a distinguished panel of photojournalists—including Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers—as they explore how their profession keeps the public well-informed and share their perspectives on what it’s like to work in some of the most challenging areas in the world.

Co-sponsored by UVA's Karsh Institute of Democracy and Public Service Pathways.


Michael Robinson Chávez

Freelance Visual Journalist (Washington, D.C.)

Ryan M. Kelly

Freelance Photojournalist (Richmond, VA)

Kirsten Luce

Independent Photojournalist (Brooklyn, NY)

Sanjay Suchak (moderator)

Practitioner Fellow in Democracy, Karsh Institute of Democracy

Independent Documentary and Commercial Photographer (Charlottesville, VA)


Tuesday April 9, 2024

1:00pm - 2:15pm


UVA's Rotunda (Dome Room)

1826 University Avenue Charlottesville, VA


Sanjay Suchak's photographs from his "Take Them Down" project documenting the process of dismantling Confederate iconography across the Commonwealth will be on exhibit during the AIPAD Photography Show in New York City, April 25-28.  The next step of this project aims to answer the question of “what's next” for these relics of the Jim Crow era. A short documentary was filmed about his work on this project.

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