Guy Martin’s photographs of the Arab Spring of 2011 in Egypt and Libya will be on display in an exhibition at The Poly, Falmouth.
University College Falmouth’s School of Media & Performance present the exhibition and accompanying events entitled Shifting Sands, which includes a private view, talks and film screenings and runs from Monday, January 9 2012.
During the spring of 2011, Guy Martin travelled to Egypt and Libya to record the unfolding Arab Spring. On Wednesday, April 20, he was severely injured during a rocket attack by Gaddafi loyalists in the centre of Misrata. Two of Guy’s friends and colleagues were killed in the same attack, the co-director of Sundance-winning film Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Pulitzer finalist Chris Hondros.
For the first time since the attack, and following his lengthy and continuing recovery, University College Falmouth is presenting an exhibition of the work produced by Guy from his time in Egypt and Libya prior to the attack. The photography frames a series of events highlighting the heavy price that can be paid by frontline photojournalists, in the cause of documenting the struggle for freedom. The event runs from Monday, January 9.
The event also marks the first anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution.
In remembrance of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, proceeds from the week’s events will be directed to The Rory Peck Trust, the only organisation in the world dedicated to the safety and welfare of freelance newsgatherers and their families.
Guy is an independent documentary photographer represented by Panos Pictures and an Associate Lecturer in Press & Editorial Photography at University College Falmouth. continues to recover from his injuries at his family home in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK and is looking forward to working again in 2012. He was brought up in Falmouth and attended Penair School, Truro.
• Shifting Sands Exhibition runs at the Poly from Tuesday, January 10 – Saturday, January 14 between 10am-5pm. Entrance is free