Prisons and photography: A conversation between San Quentin and Venezuela

  Nigel Poor, Helena Acosta and Violette Blue were introduced by email on the 22nd of January 2015 for the Open Engagement blog project, produced by Gemma-Rose Turnbull, and asked to speak to their shared interests for this blog. What follows is excerpts from their emailed conversations. Nigel Poor: Professor of … Continue reading

Gemma-Rose Turnbull

“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.