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Photography and Society

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Lary Al

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Photography and Society
Ismael Ferdous
Robert Draper

Niko Koppel
Born February 13th, 1997 in Veracruz, Mexico. She is a current freshman student at DePaul University with a declared major in accounting. Larissa's passion is photography (portraits in specific). She attended a photography summer program at University of Notre Dame in the Summer of 2014, since then she decided to start her own photography business.
Larissa Aranda
DePaul University 19'
Advertisements and Photography
As a young adult living in the city of Chicago I came to the conclusion that society gets influenced by all the advertisement around them, even me. Photography is a huge part in this ads because we let ourselves get manipulated by what we are seeing in those pictures, but who says they are completely true? Today, there are a lot of programs that can be used to alter the content of a photograph, and unfortunately society does not pay attention to these little details and let themselves believe what they are seeing even though may not be honest at all. This is an example of a Victoria Secret Model
When Photographs
Become Evidence
As a photojournalist of the New York Times, I want to share a sad experience I faced with my coworker, Robert Stolarik, when shooting some pictures of an arrest. Officials/cops took Mr. Stolarik to court because according to them he was committing an unacceptable action by taking pictures of a police act. However, there was a violation on Mr. Stolarik’s rights as a professional photojournalist because he had the right to record the moment. As an outcome, the cop that sent him to court got sent to prison for lying about how the incident occurred. All the evidence the judge needed was directly taken from the information of the photographs. Once again photography was used as the most valuable evidence out there.
All I want to do is to express to people some of the struggles photographers, just like me, have to go through when they are trying to capture a moment that may be significant for others. For example, in this situation the photographs that Robert Stolarik was taking could've been used to prove some type of injustice towards the teenage girl that was being arrested. However, his photographs ended up working for his own advantage. No one can alter the information a photograph registers when the shutter is pressed, and that is exactly what happened in this situation. The photographs’ data saved an innocent person from being sent to prison for no reason.
Photography as Activism
Through my article I want to explain the impact that visual art, in specific photography, has on society since it has the power to visually reveal the truth and shape the public opinion. To me documentary photography is a great way to keep track of any social event/tragedy that is going on around us because “By sharing these perspectives, viewers are compelled to think about how their decisions have a direct impact on another’s life thousands of miles away” (Ferdous, 22). With that being said, I strongly believe that the main purpose of photojournalism is to create a change in society.
My main focus in this article was the collapse of the Rana Plaza. I decided to do a documentation in this event because it was the deadliest factory catastrophe in history, and I believed photographs were going to bring back alive some stories of the people who passed away during this event. Throughout my photographs I want people to feel the emotions I felt while taking pictures, the struggles I had to go through, and the decisions I had to make. Photojournalism is not an easy task to do, it takes time, confidence, and a strong mindset.
The Power of Photography
As a writer from National Geographic, I would like to talk about the importance that photography has obtain throughout the years in regards to social development. In this article I aim to describe the hard work photographers have to put on their work to finally capture the right moment, which by the way is not an easy task to attain. In my own words a photograph is an element that helps society understand the importance to make changes and make society better.
The photographs National Geographic shares with the rest of us are in a way intended to make society realize the damage people are making to Mother Earth and society in general. However, I want to let society know that the pictures shown in the magazines should make an impact in the way they think and perceive nature because photographers aim to present to people how beautiful Earth is, but at the same time they want to show all the damages humans have committed to it. On the other hand, when it comes about photographing another culture, photographers want to share some of the experiences they encounter just to make people realize how wonderful diversity is.
Entrepreneur at Lary Al Photography
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1989, Ismail Ferdous has always been fascinated by people’s stories in unreachable communities.As a documentary photography, Ismail covers social humanitarian issues. In Bangladesh he has also documented the effects of global warming and HIV/AIDS on local communities since 2011. He has also photographed violence against women in Guatemala, refugees along the border of Turkey and Syria and human trafficking in Southeast Asia. He has worked for many major Media Publications, NGOs, agencies and news organizations NYTimes Magazine, MSNBC Photo, AlJazeera America, BBC Media Action, UNDP, Associated Press, Showtime, the World Bank, SIDA-Global Reporting, the Ocean Conservancy etc.
Who is he?
Who is he?
Niko Koppel works at the New York Times where he has written, photo edited and designed since 2006. He is currently a photo editor for the Metro section and he previously edited the Sunday Metropolitan section. In 2014, Niko was awarded National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism competition's Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year. He is a member of the Explorers Club and a graduate of School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University.
Who is he?
Robert Draper (born November 15, 1959) is an American writer. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, writing for the university newspaper The Daily Texan. After graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Draper wrote for the Austin Chronicle. In 1991, Draper joined the staff of the Texas Monthly[2] He later became a contributing writer to National Geographic, GQ and The New York Times Magazine.
Fatal Downfall Garment Collapse
When Photographs
Become Evidence
Photographs by Robert Stolarik
Photographs by
National Geographic
Photographs by
Larissa Aranda
Photography is a form of visual art with different purposes, for example to record history. In this Room for Debate each debater will try to convince the audience what is the real purpose of photography and how society get influenced by it.
However, I agree with what Ferdous, Koppel, and Draper have to say about photography: it is a visual artifact that records history and make people realize what is going on around them. In other words, it is a medium to communicate social activism and to maintain nature/Mother Earth alive. But to me, photography is a form of art use wrongly in advertisements because its content is altered to show something wonderful just to influence society to do something because it "looks" incredible, but without all the digital effects used on it... It may not look the same.
Photography is a way to record history, but sadly there are programs such as "Photoshop" that can alter all the original details a photograph once had.
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