This essay by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa looks at how some recent photobooks, featuring African subjects, rehash pejorative tropes. This article first appeared in Issue 17 of the Aperture Photography App. This extract is taken from the Aperture blog. Dutch photographer Jan Hoek’s New Ways of Photographing the New Masai (Art Paper Editions, 2014) has the appearance … Continue reading
Mark Strandquist recently wrote a great article for feature shoot about the powerful images generated by Eric Gottesman’s collaboration with Ethiopian teenagers. We love Eric’s work, and Mark makes clear why the images are so important. I tell my family I am HIV+. They forgot me and ate at the … Continue reading
“As documentary photographers integrate participatory and collaborative practices into their projects––inviting people who were previously ‘subjects’ to become co-creators––there is an increased tension between the process and the photographic product. When we move towards making work that is co-authored, how do we meet the needs of our collaborators (as the primary audience of the work), and communicate the primary experience to the secondary audience (anyone secondary to the people making the work)?
Basically, how can we continue to utilize the visceral, affective visual language of documentary photography to activate for social change, while democratising the process of creating those images with people, instead of of people?”
From the PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL PRACTICE broadsheet, May 2014.
The Archive of Unmade Photographs* is an ongoing project where participants respond to the prompt; “What moment from your life do you most wish you had a photograph of?” To participate, individuals create a postcard ‘from’ their chosen memory; describing it’s importance, and why no photograph exists. For the 2014 … Continue reading