Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel is regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary photographers. His intimate style of socially engaged image making has earned him international acclaim winning six World Press Photo Awards, the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography and the Amnesty International Media Award. In his current practice he is engaged with a variety of projects often involving collaborative work along with a mix of photography and video. He is also addressing the issue of climate change through developing a body of work on the global impact of flooding on the world’s poorest people.

His choice:

What Matters Now-Proposals for a New Front Page
‘That seems to me to be an innovative response to the moment as we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11. This will be a live event at the Aperture Gallery led by Fred Ritchin. The main content will only be decided by the people who come along, so it is very difficult to say what it will be, and at this point I am not even sure that the site will count as multimedia. But I am very excited to see what will be happening on the site over the next ten days as I Iike the idea of the website being a live response to a free thinking ongoing interactive live event.’

‘An interactive web based movie by David Marcinkowski where what happens in the movie is a result of the viewer’s choices. I find this a really intelligent, challenging production. Though it does not actually use any conventional photography (it consists of video, music, animation and literature) I find its interactivity remarkable and inspiring.’

Through Positive Eyes
‘This is a project which I have been involved with for a long time. I believe the website deserves to be seen by a much wider audience. The interactive web presentation is premised on the belief that HIV positive people should pick up their own cameras and make their own statements. I am one of the directors of the project, and I am very proud of it. However the challenge is to get it seen outside of the HIV/AIDS and NGO world.’