October 22, 2021

Archive Event Highlight

Christopher Dickey Exhibit at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thank you to those who stopped by Brooklyn Bridge Park to see a Photoville exhibit to celebrate Christopher Dickey’s life and work. If you haven’t gotten the chance to see it yet, the exhibit will be up until Dec. 1.

OPC Executive Director Patricia Kranz attended the opening day with friends and colleagues on Sept. 18.

OPC Executive Director Patricia Kranz stands in front of the introductory banner for the exhibit to honor Christopher Dickey.
Damien Donck, far right, who became friends with Chris Dickey when he was a staff studio photographer at Newsweek, brought his family with him from New Jersey to see the exhibit. "Chris loved to have his photo taken as much as he liked to take photos," Donck said.
A detail of the exhibit banner shows a young Bob Nickelsberg, longtime OPC member, with a young Chris Dickey. The caption reads: With Guatemalan soldiers in Santa Cruz Del Quiche, January 1982. Other journalists are Bob Nickelsberg and Dial Torgerson.
A budding photographer examines one of Christopher Dickey's photos.
Passersby explore the exhibit at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sept. 18, 2021. 
 

The display is presented by the OPC and the Christopher Dickey Family, curated by Sandra M. Stevenson, J. David Ake, Deidre Depke and Kranz.

“A dashing and brave foreign correspondent who gave his life to telling the story of our world, Christopher Dickey could have been a character in one of his excellent novels,” said the historian Jon Meacham, who was Newsweek’s editor during Dickey’s time as Paris bureau chief. “Thankfully for the rest of us, he was the real deal—a chronicler of war and espionage, royalty and power, terror and hope.”

About Christopher Dickey:

The award-winning author, editor, and foreign correspondent was known as a reporter’s reporter. Relentlessly curious, thoroughly urbane, and fluent in multiple languages, Dickey had an uncanny way of discovering how the levers of power worked—and then holding accountable those who pulled them. At the time of his sudden death of a heart attack in July 2020, he had worked at the highest levels of journalism for almost five decades—traveling to more than 30 countries for outlets including the Washington Post, Newsweek and NBC News. Along the way, he authored seven books and appeared countless times on television news programs. He strongly believed in the power of multimedia storytelling. His path to journalism, in fact, started behind a camera. He received a graduate degree in documentary filmmaking from Boston University before applying for his first job at the Washington Post. Even as his career shifted toward writing, Dickey retained his passion for photography. He never left home without a camera around his neck, or in his pocket. This exhibit focuses on his eye as a reporter and what that aesthetic meant for his writing, reporting, and photography.