A Holistic Approach to the Relationship between Image and Viewer

While completing a survey for an international conservation organization that I support, I was especially intrigued by one of the questions asking: “Who holds the greatest responsibility for tackling environmental issues?” The possible answers included: A) Non-profit organizations; B) Individuals; C) Governments or; D) Businesses. As I am knee deep in my doctoral research on social change photography and affect, …

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Mark Klett reinvents teaching–in the desert.

Mark Klett always manages to be dressed for the desert and for the classroom at the same time. He wears earthy Keens, long shorts, and loose fitting, quick-dry, button-downs. Any time you see him he could be stepping out of an REI-dressing room, a faculty meeting, or a wilderness adventure special. Then again, for Klett, the desert is the classroom. And never …

nathandaltonMark Klett reinvents teaching–in the desert.

Carla Williams: “We’ve gone past the discussion of race and not actually integrated that broader approach into our thinking about art.”

Carla Williams is an artist, a writer, and a professor of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She also edits the Society of Photographic Education’s journal Exposure. ENG: You’ve written a lot about race and photography, and that’s something I’m really interested in. Could you talk a bit about what you see as happening right now in photography regarding …

nathandaltonCarla Williams: “We’ve gone past the discussion of race and not actually integrated that broader approach into our thinking about art.”

Greg Constantine on shoeboxes and statelessness

“A community becomes confident when it is recognized by other communities.” –Nubian Elder Nubian family photo (circa 1940s) How does a photograph get from a shoebox under the bed to the walls of an exhibition space? It takes a certain kind of vision, some good proposal-writing skills, a team of Nubian youth, and a lot of determination. Greg Constantine came …

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How a single photograph saved a river: Rock Island Bend, Tasmania

How much impact can a single image really have? Can it, for example, save an entire landscape? Last weekend, I went to Tasmania! Oh man, that place is so cool. Talk about beautiful—whew! Ryan and I stayed in the guest-hut of a family that lives in a valley near Cygnet, south of Hobart. It was very tiny, made of sticks …

nathandaltonHow a single photograph saved a river: Rock Island Bend, Tasmania

How a single photograph saved a river: Rock Island Bend, Tasmania

How much impact can a single image really have? Can it, for example, save an entire landscape? Last weekend, I went to Tasmania! Oh man, that place is so cool. Talk about beautiful—whew! Ryan and I stayed in the guest-hut of a family that lives in a valley near Cygnet, south of Hobart. It was very tiny, made of sticks …

nathandaltonHow a single photograph saved a river: Rock Island Bend, Tasmania

When transparency and humanitarian aid clash

A little background Last week, I wrote about NGO’s and photographers, and cited a paper by Kimberly Abbott (on the Nieman Journalism Lab website) specifically about the new trend in partnerships between NGO’s and journalists in general. In that paper, she makes a lot of references to the complex ethics of such partnerships. Each side of this partnership has ethical …

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PAY UP! Photographers and NGO’s and $$

Should photographers be paid to work for NGO’s? Well, YES! And no. I mean, of course! Except…sometimes not. This is a complicated question. From an organizational perspective, on the one hand you have a scenario like this: a large, international NGO with a significant marketing budget needs to make pictures to chronicle and advertise its work. It has a few …

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Living amongst the dead: photographer James Chance heads to Manila’s north cemetery

This morning, I caught up with James Chance, who has just won the Emerging Vision prize sponsored by Pictures of the Year International. He receives a $10,000 grant plus exhibition at the Annenberg Space for photography in Los Angeles, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. You can see his portfolio and his proposal here, which I …

nathandaltonLiving amongst the dead: photographer James Chance heads to Manila’s north cemetery

Living amongst the dead: photographer James Chance heads to Manila’s north cemetery

This morning, I caught up with James Chance, who has just won the Emerging Vision prize sponsored by Pictures of the Year International. He receives a $10,000 grant plus exhibition at the Annenberg Space for photography in Los Angeles, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. You can see his portfolio and his proposal here, which I …

nathandaltonLiving amongst the dead: photographer James Chance heads to Manila’s north cemetery