December 2, 2021

Event Coverage Highlight

Foreign Correspondent, Photographer, Storyteller: The Life and Legacy of Christopher Dickey

Join the OPC and Photoville for an online panel with former editor of Newsweek Mark Whitaker, journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau, photographer Peter Turnley, and CNN political analyst John Avlon as they bring to life the photography of Christopher Dickey, former OPC Governor and longtime member, and how his aesthetic defined reporting and writing.

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The panel will be held in conjunction with a Photoville exhibit in Brooklyn to celebrate Dickey’s life and work. The legendary foreign correspondent died last year in Paris at the age of 68.

The exhibit opens Sept. 18 and will be up until Dec. 1.

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

The exhibit will focus on Dickey’s eye as a reporter, and what that aesthetic meant for his reporting, writing, and photography. It can appear that his pictures capture moments as though he is taking copious notes, wanting to freeze a point in time so as not to forget it. At other times, his images seem to suggest a particular perspective—one that often differs widely from the conventional.

About the Artist

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 PostNewsweek 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.

To read an OPC memorial page dedicated to Dickey with remembrances from many collogues and loved ones, plus links to videos and his work, please click here.