Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change
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Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change

by Michelle Bogre
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0240812751

ISBN-13: 9780240812755

Pub. Date: 10/21/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

You want to look through the lens of your camera and change the world. You want to capture powerful moments in one click that will impact the minds of other people. Photographic images are one of the most popular tools used to advocate for social and environmental awareness. This can be as close to home as drug use, prostitution, or pollution or as far away as

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You want to look through the lens of your camera and change the world. You want to capture powerful moments in one click that will impact the minds of other people. Photographic images are one of the most popular tools used to advocate for social and environmental awareness. This can be as close to home as drug use, prostitution, or pollution or as far away as famine, war, and the plight of refugees and migrant workers. One well-known example of an activist photographer would be landscape photographer Ansel Adams, who trudged to Washington with stunning images of the American west to advocate protecting these areas. His images and testimony were instrumental in creating the National Park System and garnering specific protection for Yellowstone National Park. More recently Robert Glenn Ketchum's images of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge raised awareness of why this area should be protected. Nigel Barker's seal photographs advocates against seal clubbing. What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make the world a better place?

This book provides a comprehensive theory of, and history of, photography as activism. It also includes interviews with contemporary photographers. It is a call to action for young photographers to become activists, a primer of sorts, with advice for how to work with NGOs and non-profits, how to work safely in conflict zones and with suggestions for distribution on websites, blogs, and interactive agencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240812755
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/21/2011
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
408,943
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Includes Philosophy of Activism

Explanation of book

Chapter One: Activism: Practice and Process

Philosophy and Psychology

History: Early Activism

History: Early Conflict and War Photography

Social Reform and the Progressive Era

Farm Security Administration

Chapter Two: Moments in Time

Modern History

W. Eugene Smith

Mary Ellen Mark

Susan Meiselas

Donna Ferrato

British Activism: Chris Killip and Paul Graham

Stephen Shames

Sebastião Salgado

Chapter Three: Constructing a Better World

Photographer Profiles

Eugene Richards

Marcus Bleasdale

Tom Stoddart

Jonathan Torgovnik

Edward Kashi

Brent Stirton

Stephen Dupont

Walter Astrada

Appendix: Resources

Websites, Magazines & Galleries

Festivals & Events

Non-Profits & NGOs

Miscellaneous Projects

Foundations & Grants

Photographers & Artists

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