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In Conversation: Frontlines and Home Fires
Bruce Haley with Judy Walgren
Friday, October 21, 2:00-3:00pm
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Please join award-winning photojournalists and war photographers, Bruce Haley and Judy Walgren as they discuss the trajectory of Bruce’s career and life and his relationship with photography and how that has changed over time. Bruce will share selections from myriad projects and also show images from his powerful and stunning monographs: Sunder (2011) and the two-volume set Home Fires (2021/2022).

Bruce and Judy encourage audience participation and questions about their line of work, almost like you’re sitting in a bar somewhere sipping some good whiskey. This exciting conversation about war and journalism is not to be missed!

Bruce Haley is the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, awarded for “best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise.” Haley won this award for his coverage of the ethnic civil war in Burma.

Coming from a background in law enforcement and the military, Haley began his photographic career in Afghanistan in 1988. Since then he has worked all over the world, documenting a broad range of subject matter – from conflict and humanitarian crises to the quiet moments of daily life, from the most extreme industrial and environmental devastation to the beauty and fragility of the unspoiled landscape. He works in both color and black and white, and ranges across multiple camera formats, with extensive use of the panoramic format.

Haley’s work has been published and exhibited globally, in books and in the world’s leading magazines and newspapers, and has also appeared on CD and DVD covers and rock and roll tour merchandise. He currently has three monographs in print: Sunder (2011), which collects eight years of work from various locations in the former USSR and Iron Curtain countries, and the two-volume set Home Fires (2021/2022), based upon an autobiographical past/present where Haley turns his lens on the region where he grew up (Volume I – California’s San Joaquin Valley) and where he lives now (Volume II – a remote area on the western edge of the Great Basin).

MSU J-School Associate Director and Professor of Practice Judy Walgren is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, photo editor, executive producer, curator and visual artist. She has worked on visual staffs at the Dallas Morning News, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as a photojournalist and photo editor. She also served as the Director of Photography for the and at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she led a team of Emmy-winning photojournalists and filmmakers. In 2016, she received an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and began her exploration into the relationships between photography, historic archives and power structures. She joined the faculty at Michigan State in 2018.

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Images by Bruce Haley


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