Photography as Activism
The B&H Event Space (420 9th Ave., Manhattan)
Photographers have always used images to advocate for social and environmental awareness. What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make the world a better place? This can be as close to home as such as pollution, political unrest or as far away as famine, war, and the plight of refugees and migrant workers. One well-known example of someone you might not think of as 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. Nigel Barker’s seal photographs advocates against seal clubbing. Jonathan Torgovnik was so moved by the Tutsi women who survived the genocide that he started Foundation Rwanda to educate their children. What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make the world a better place?