Week Thirteen Reflections – a photograph is ‘and’ not ‘or’

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I want to pull a particular point out of some of my research on ‘atrocity’ images. That is, that a photograph always have a multiplicity of interpretations – and a multiplicity of ways of being created. Photographic history is littered with attempts to make it a perfect representation of reality (William Henry Fox-Talbot), art (Edward Steichen), objective truth (Walker Evans) …

Socially Engaged Photography

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In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to aid American farmworkers during the Great Depression. Its photographers aimed to document what was going on, in an effort to raise awareness and support. Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange were two of those photographers. Interestingly, there is one school of thought, repeated by Susan Meiselas and Wendy Ewald, …