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Internationally-acclaimed photojournalist Carl Juste has spent three decades bringing into focus the struggles of Haitians in the U.S. and abroad. Next week he’ll speak about his life behind the lens in a free lecture at Okanagan College.
After fleeing his homeland under threat of persecution, Haitian-born Juste and his politically active family settled in Miami’s Haitian community in 1965. He won a scholarship to the University of Miami, and although he initially intended to become an engineer, the call of his inner voice as a photographer was one that could not be silenced.
“I must fight with every breath to breathe life into my art, to bear witness not only through the camera, but through my eye,” says Juste. “It is that pursuit which keeps photojournalism alive.”
Who: Photojournalist Carl Juste
When: 6 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017
Where: Lecture Theatre, Okanagan College, 1000 K. L. O. Rd, Kelowna, BC
What: Free lecture, photo op
Juste has pursued photojournalism all his adult life, and since 1991 has served his community through his work at the Miami Herald. His long-term projects include “Lost in America,” a comprehensive piece on the INS, the United States’ Immigration and Naturalization Service (now known as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), which oversees entry into the U.S. and citizenship processes for foreign born persons.
His project “Haiti: A Nation in Turmoil,” is an ongoing professional and personal project documenting the struggles of Haitians in the U.S. and around the world.
In his lecture at Okanagan College entitled “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night: Requiem for a Life in Photojournalism,” Juste will share stories from his life in the field. He will also explore how photojournalism continues to cast a light on the struggles of those experiencing racial, social, political and economic oppression while photojournalists like himself face the same struggles.
“So many have chosen to treat it as if it’s a dying art, but photojournalism lives and flourishes in places where it is most needed,” explains Juste.
“Carl Juste’s passion for his activism and his art is unparalleled,” says Jillian Garrett, a professor of Communication at Okanagan College. “He brings ideals and ideas that will inspire the listener – from the importance of community, to the ability to engage critically and thoughtfully with the world around us, to the desire to greet each day with passion and a sense of purpose.”
“Given the amount of discord and turmoil that exists in the world, voices like Carl’s that speak for truth and social justice are more important than ever.”
Juste has received numerous awards for his work from Pictures of the Year, Society for News Design, Best of Photojournalism and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.