Art Talk by Michael Yorke
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About the Event
The importance of Observational Ethnographic photography and film making to enable the indigenous voice and allow ‘Others’ speak to us, the outsider, so that we understand their values, the elegance and drama of their way of life and their traditional heritage and knowledge about how they see and interpret the world.
Dr. Michael Yorke.
Dr. Michael Yorke is an anthropologist, photographer and documentary filmmaker.
Most recently he was a Senior Fellow at University College London, Anthropology Department, teaching filmmaking as an ethnographic research methodology. Before this he was a professional documentary filmmaker working with, among others, the BBC and its Anthropology Unit, Channel 4, CNN, NHK, Carlton TV, ZDF, Canal Plus, Discovery Channel. He has also shot and edited his own films among the Ho adivasis and with a Juna Akhara sadhu.
During his career Michael’s films included varied documentary styles - live-event television, presenter-driven programs, observational, fly-on-the-wall, and authored ethnographic films and photographs. His films have received international awards; the Earthwatch Award and the Golden Gate Award in America, and in Britain, the Royal Television Society Award, BBC Asia Award, and was nominated for a BAFTA (British Association of Film and Television Arts) Award, United Nations Environmental Program Award. His films have been screened at the RAI Film Festival, the Trento Film Festival, the Moscow University Film Festival, Taiwan Film Festival and many others.
Prior to becoming a filmmaker Michael was an academic. He wrote an M.Phil. about the Santhal Uprising in 1833 and Ph.D. on The Ho tribals of Jharkhand. Subsequently he completed post-doctoral research under the guidance of von Fürer Haimendorf on Raj Gond adivasis.
Dr. Yorke is on the board the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Committee, and chairs the Adivasi Arts Trust. He has judged the RAI Film Festival, The Rory Peck Festival, the Astra Film Festival (Rumania), the Asian Festival of First Filmmakers, Singapore. He takes great pleasure in mentoring young filmmakers.
He lives in London and is retired. He is married with two children.