Toby Smith

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Arrived back last night from Perpignan Festival of Photojournalism feeling tired, hungover but energised by the people and images I encountered. My 3rd year at such an important date/event to meet (schmooze) and socialise (drink) with other photographers from around the world. I also worked hard with “Reportage by Getty Images” who facilitated meetings with the best editors and provide the backbone of agency comradery. In no particular order (and apologies for omissions) here’s links to the people behind the conversations that will stay with me. Sometimes you have to dig really deep and persevere when chasing the belief that photography and reporting on the state of the world can change it. Meeting other people that share that passion and even risk their life in its pursuit is inspiring to say the very least.

Image is by Ben Lowy and is showing at the Tate Modern as part of the Exposed exhibition:

Reportage by Getty Images, GEO, National Geographic, Live Magazine, Brandon Thibodeaux, Jason Larkin, Laura Pannack, Ben Lowy, Leo Maguire, Antonio Bolvo, Kim Badawi, Marco Di Lauro, Jason Andrew , Tom Stoddart, L’Espresso, Save the Children , Eugene Richards and Brent Stirton.