Photojournalism is a universal language with the power to demolish stereotypes, trigger discussions and alert consciences.
Launched in 2014 by a group of photojournalists, writers, and artists, Dysturb presents contemporary global issues in an innovative way, completely independent from the restrictions of conventional news publishing channels, using the most basic of social networks : the streets.
This creative community began pasting mural-sized guerrilla blow ups in public places : city walls, skate parks, and school hallways. In stark black and white, they make billboard sized prints of news images from photojournalists around the world, on a scale usually only seen in color commercial advertisements, to bring crucial subjects - like climate change, women’s issues, refugee crisis - and place them directly in front of people’s eyes.
Dysturb supports the core goals of photojournalism : to enhance interactions between the people touched by social, political or environmental injustice with those, remote, who can potentially help.
By pairing physical actions with online content, Dysturb transcends the fast pace of news cycles and helps to inform an audience who doesn’t necessarily read the news or who no longer trust traditional news channels.
Dysturb believes in educating the youth and contributes actively to fighting the spread of disinformation and misinformation by organizing workshops focused on media literacy and critical-thinking training in schools, universities and companies.
Dysturb respects the sensitivity of the youngest audience members by not displaying overly graphic or violent visual content in the public space.
The coverage of issues should be done with fairness and thoroughness, acknowledging that all photography and journalism is interpretive, but that as observers it is incumbent upon each (photo)journalist to try to overcome any bias.
Dysturb has partnered with major institutions, organizations and cultural events, including the United Nations, the European Parliament, Instagram, World Press Photo, the Magnum Foundation, the International Center of Photography, and Foam museum.
Dysturb is directed by photojournalists Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Petit. Its core team includes editorial director Laurence Cornet, and community director Kyla Woods.
DYSTURB HAS PASTED MORE THAN 1000 POSTERS IN 100 CITIES AND SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD
Our curatorial values are to present under-reported stories by a network of 10,000 established and emerging photojournalists spread around the globe, with diverse backgrounds, representing a variety of current world issues
Education is our priority; we aim to pair every activation with an educational program, conducted in schools, universities and community groups
Dysturb curates all photographs
All images selected respect a broad audience; we do not paste images we deem inappropriate for children to see
Dysturb undertakes to respect the urban space: the posters are made with environmentally friendly water-based glue that does not damage the walls surface
Captions on the posters are written by the author photographer of the image and fact-checked by Dysturb