Ziv Koren has been a professional photojournalist for more than 18 years. He began his career as a photographer in the Israeli army and later joined the editorial committee of the Yedioth Achronoth newspaper as a photographer and photo editor. Mr. Koren has been a photojournalist for Sygma and Gamma photo agencies, and is a staff photographer for Polaris Images since 2003.
Mr.Koren's main interest are humanitarian issues such as the Israeli-Arab conflict, poverty, and the Tuznami to name a few. His photographs from various projects and assignments have been published in numerous international publications including Time Magazine, Newsweek, US News & World Report, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Paris Match, Le Figaro and Wired Magazine. Koren’s 1995 image of an exploded Israeli bus was selected by the World Press Photo Organization in 2000 as one of the 200 most important images in the last 45 years.
Mr. Koren was the subject of the documentary film "More than 1000 words" which was widely screened in film festivals around the globe winning seven festival awards. He has contributed to many books, and regularly lectures at workshops and universities worldwide.
The lecture discusses the field of press photography and gives a glimpse at the world of photojournalism – the character of the work, the path of making decisions and questions about issues such as responsibility, ethics, and working under pressure.
The influence of transferring to digital photography in combination with the internet is discussed and in particular its effects on the media in general and on the world of photography.