Four Questions on Photography: Ilvy Njiokiktjien in Conversation With…Ashley Gilbertson

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July 5, 2022
10:00–11:00AM EDT

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Marines from Bravo company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment detain an insurgent after they shot him and his two comrades in the neighborhood nicknamed "Queens" during the battle for Falluja in Falluja, Iraq on Nov. 13, 2004. The insurgent claimed to be a student. The marines responded, "Yeah, right, University of Jihad, motherfucker." Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson / VII

“Four Questions on Photography: Ilvy Njiokiktjien in Conversation With…” is a series of events where well-known photographers discuss with Ilvy their responses to the four questions below.

– What is your most important photograph, how did you make it, and what impact do you think it had?
– What is your biggest photo failure; an image you wanted or needed but you messed up somehow?
– What is your dream image or story?
– What advice would you give to your younger self?

In this episode, Ilvy is in conversation with Ashley Gilbertson.

This event was recorded and you can watch the video here


Ilvy Njiokiktjien

, Utrecht
Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. She has worked in many parts of the world, with a focus on Africa. As a news and documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues. She was born in the Netherlands, and, after leaving school, she studied for a year in South Dakota (USA) before returning home to study journalism and photography.

Ashley Gilbertson

, New York

Ashley Gilbertson is an Australian photographer and writer living in New York City widely recognized for his critical eye and unique approaches to social issues. Gilbertson is a member of the VII Agency, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and a collaborator with the United Nations.

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