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Photography, Expanded - The Story of Data

  • Aperture Gallery 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor New York, NY USA (map)

I am pleased to be participating in the upcoming Photography, Expanded lab workshop following this symposium focusing on data visualization, mapping and photography. 

Photography, Expanded is an initiative designed to inspire documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the still image and catalyze collaboration across disciplines. The program is produced by Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, New Arts Axis, Aperture Foundation, and Parsons The New School for Design.

From smartphones to urban power grids, the massive amount of data collected on a daily basis is radically transforming how we understand socioeconomic conditions. Raising critical questions about privacy, this new reality has major implications on our ability to engage with public information. How can documentary photographers utilize public data-sets to reinforce their work? How might data visualization and mapping techniques bring viewers, participants and advocates closer to the issues? And how can photographers safely access and share data while facing increasing threats to online security?

We’ll explore these questions while learning about how social-impact photography projects might employ the digital strategies found in data science, geography, journalism and critical design.

Featured Panelists:

Paolo Cirio, artist working in privacy, copyright, and cyber-security issues (Street Ghosts)
Harlo Holmes, mobile developer at The Guardian Project (InformaCam)
Jake Price, photographer (Unknown Spring)
Derek Watkins, geographer and Graphics Editor at the New York Times (Riding the New Silk Road)

Moderated by Stephen Mayes, visual communications strategist.