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Expanding the Circle: The Engaged Photographer

In this video, photographer and Moving Walls exhibition co-curator Susan Meiselas, an American documentary photographer, discusses documentary photography’s potential to connect and move audiences by “expanding the circle of knowledge” about human rights and social justice issues.

The video also features a variety of work by photographers supported by the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project. The project funds photographers who go beyond documentation, using images to foster civic engagement, organizing, advocacy, outreach, public awareness education, and media attention.

Opening photograph: © Eric Gottesman

Words and video courtesy of Open Society


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9 thoughts on “Expanding the Circle: The Engaged Photographer

  1. Reblogged this on the ruminant autodidactic and commented:
    …and yet I ponder why…one image will enter my being and touch my soul and awaken states of being such as sadness, compassion, anger, helplessness, joy…while another forces my consciousness to hide behind windows colored by detachment.


  2. It’s so true, about how photos can help create a bond of connectivity to all of us. I know that most professional photographers always have their camera close at hand, so that when that opportunity *does* present itself, they can capture it. How many times I have wished I had my camera with me, and instead had to settle for the faulty capture of just my memory. I find it interesting that even though all of us may not be able to travel to far off places to photograph social issues of poverty, oppression, etc. perhaps we can get images which are close to where we live – I suppose it just takes keeping the right mindset (and having a camera nearby). 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.


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