Watching Syria's War: A Conversation with Liam Stack

In conjunction with the exhibition Death of a Cameraman organized by Martin Waldmeier

Tuesday, September 24: 7 pm
at TEMP Art Space 57 Walker Street, NYC

Amateur video has never been as pivotal to the way a conflict is understood than in Syria, where videos shot by amateurs often offer the most consistent insight into what takes place on the ground. Hundreds of thousands of videos have been uploaded to the Internet since the conflict began over two years ago. These images have not only documented a disturbing and increasing amount of violence and destruction but have become an integral part of the conflict. They have shaped public opinion and helped the Syrian opposition gain wide support and recognition in the western hemisphere. But what does it mean to become spectators of a war abroad? Who are they made for and what is their purpose? How are we to look at these images and what can they tell us? 

Liam Stack is the editor of Watching Syria's War, a New York Times multimedia project that tracks the conflict in Syria through reporting, social media, and citizen video. He covered the Egyptian revolution and the revolutions in Syria and Libya for The New York Times and is a former correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and The Daily News Egypt. You can follow Liam on Twitter at @liamstack