Photography As Response

Photography, like all art, is a tool for resistance. Resistance to the issues we highlight, and persistence to tell the stories that matter most. Photography is both an immediate currency and an intentional process.

In her seminal collection of essays “On Photography,” Susan Sontag wrote: “To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge — and, therefore, like power.”

And with that power comes responsibility. Photographers have both the power and responsibility to critique and inform the world, a responsibility to respond to what was, in order to play an active role in our future: what will be. Indeed, where would we be without Picasso’s Guernica? Without the work Nick Ut, Kara Walker, Adrees Latif, Susan Meiselas, Barbara Kruger, James Nachtwey, and scores of other artists and photographers? The world looks to the photography & art communities to address the human issues we face: war, institutionalized racism, addiction, inequality, LGBTQ rights, sexism, climate change, ocean pollution and more. The images featured in this exhibition are testament to the seemingly fractured place the world is in. It is our responsibility to respond by reclaiming what has oppressed us, affected us, abused us — and foster change from that shift of power.

_Christy Havranek

It was taken from C4FAP.

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