Pete Brook

“We don’t have to be making photographs to be making a difference. In fact, of the many photo-centric acts that increase engagement with—and understanding between—fellow humans, image-making is only one. Researching, collating, preserving, reframing, holding and talking about images form the context for photography in our world. Making an image is only the opening gambit; when an image-maker freezes a moment or place in time within a photo, he or she merely guarantees a long thaw of meanings and associations running from it. How we discuss, use and consume photography shapes the thaw. Andrea Stultiens’ ‘History In Progress Uganda’; Susan Meiselas’ ‘Kurdistan’; and Alyse Emdur’s ‘Prison Landscapes’ are just a few of the many photo-based projects with methodologies from which we can learn.”

 
From the PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL PRACTICE broadsheet, May 2014.

Prison Landscapes // Alyse Emdur

  It is often when institutions clamp down hardest, when transparency is most limited and the freedom of photography most suppressed, that images, like water held between hands, find their way into the public to to reveal complex, human, and generative truths. Alyse Emdur’s ongoing project, Prison Landscapes, sources images … Continue reading