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Entanglement

15 Feb 2023 @ 17:50 - 18:30

XPF-Randy-Olson-Seminar
Overview :
The conundrum for many documentary photographers is: "How pretty do I make this picture?" In making compelling imagery, some photographers show the beauty of the world. Others focus on content that may be disturbing or intensely emotional.... more

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The conundrum for many documentary photographers is: “How pretty do I make this picture?” In making compelling imagery, some photographers show the beauty of the world. Others focus on content that may be disturbing or intensely emotional. Paradoxically, they seem at odds. I think it’s a careful balance.

Especially in the age of our interconnected world of social media, where photographs are publicly critiqued, a photographer straddles a line between showing the horrors of an issue that gives valuable insight and making images so artfully composed that viewers linger to read the story. I’ve grappled with that balance when working in war-torn areas and documenting overpopulation and plastic pollution. A threatened prehistoric bird survives by migrating to a habitat restored by humans after they destroyed that habitat in the past. A dammed river brings electricity to thousands of people while diverting a vital water source and poisoning those downstream.

Aware of the need to overcome compassion fatigue, I’m drawn to rely on the primary components of visual language to bring a professional patina to my work. Analyzing the diverse topics I’ve photographed over thirty years creating stories for National Geographic, I see the ironies of too many humans needing resources and the harm that resource extraction creates. For me, our world is an entanglement of these competing needs.

Basics

Title
Entanglement
Speaker
Randy Olson
Date
15 Feb 2023
Time
17:50 - 18:30
Duration
40 min

Venue

Expo Centre
Sharjah
61110
United Arab Emirates
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Phone
+971 65 123456

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