After 3 years doing paste-up operations in city streets and in schools, Dysturb is releasing a new printed journal in order to reach a new, wider audience
This first Dysturb journal aims at challenging the stereotypical notions of what climate change looks like in order to expand and deepen perceptions about its many implications.
The journal will be distributed in the street, in schools, universities and in various locations and shops for free communicated via our social media.
If you wish to receive a copy by mail and support Dysturb, you may order the journal on our shop. All income go towards supporting our diverse activities : street guerrilla paste-up campaigns, education programming, and journal elaboration.
Dysturb means a lot of nerve, a lot of luck, and good company
Pierre, after returning from Bangui, Central Africa in 2014, felt that publishing in a magazine was not enough. The pages of periodicals are filled with tragedies that are too soon forgotten, swept away by the dizzying tides of information. With Instagram and the proliferation of self-published books and festivals, distribution of news is no longer limited to the narrow circle of printed press.
We at Dysturb are starting from scratch to show what we have seen. Pierre and Benjamin came up with this idea to share photo-essays directly in the streets. After all, the street is just another social network. What else? It’s democratic. The two photojournalists began their project in Paris, Lyon and Perpignan. Meanwhile, the other Benjamin crisscrossed Manhattan, New York with a bucket of glue, ready to transform the city into a life-size media outlet.
It’s time to think on our feet. We improvise. We are three photojournalists, but it is as if the entire profession has been elbows-deep in glue. Wherever we intervene, from Canada to Australia to Colombia, newspapers are abuzz and people stop, comment, and take care of the images we display in the streets. In Toronto, a passerby used red thread to repair a photograph by Ben Lowy that got torn.
Others have mended Sim Chi Yin’s image with masking tape, as if it were an effort to patch up the sick man in it. In Palermo, a mother explained to her four-year-old daughter the concept of war, while a graffiti artist painted a weeping sun over an image of a bombed-out Syrian city. While some may be shocked by the raw subject matter, they often understand and thank us for what we do.
Photojournalism speaks to everyone, and we continue to expand the scope of our actions. We run campaigns with the United Nations and the European Parliament, we take over museums, and brainstorm with universities. Social networks take the cue, while #Dysturb leads a program of citizen education in schools. Without any go-betweens, photojournalists talk directly to their audience in the intimate setting of a classroom. We tell important stories: “Ebola is not a famous football player? No, it’s a virus that has ravaged Central Africa.” We talk about the press, which has not only lost its aura, but is beginning to lose its credibility. We post images in the schools as well, inspired by forms of “edutainment.”
We take on the roles of producers to stage events and create exhibitions. We turned into editors to foreground important topics, and we became a kind of media lab. We even tried our hand at accounting. We have taken the responsibility to manage everything, since our job is, after all, to tell stories and forge a renewed connection between audience and subject. All of this has given us a fresh boost of energy, and here we launch a new project—a newspaper, to be distributed by hand in the streets and in schools. It is something people can take home and pass on to their neighbors. With this publication we invite photographers, illustrators, and writers from all walks of life to work with us to tell today’s stories in order to inspire those who read them, watch them, and listen to them.
We have decided to kick off the first issue with a theme that is dear to our hearts: the environment. It is a topic that we have already worked on in the streets, in schools in France and America, and on the web, thanks to the support of the Magnum Foundation, Yale University, NYU Tisch and Instagram. We have set aside iconic images of icebergs and polar bears, and instead focused on stories about fragile communities, and offered our pages to those who are at the frontlines: journalists, victims, and people in the field. We have made choices without compromising the information. We hope to surprise you, spark your interest, and above all to inspire you to respond.
Because we strongly believe that everyone should have access to quality information, we offer our newspaper free of charge. The freedom and diversity of information does, however, come at a cost and we were able to cover it thanks to the enthusiasm of generous contributors to whom we owe our thanks.
The Dysturb team