Photography & Society: Addressing the impact of the image

In the age of selfie-mania, this is an important fact so many have seemed to have forgotten.

Understanding and taking responsibility for the impact that an image can have once it is released into the world is a central focus of the MA. “Having an impact doesn’t mean that you need to change the world,” says Hornstra. “But it is important that one is aware of the impact they are making and what that impact means.” Arguably one of the supreme modes of communication today, given its near universal accessibility, a photograph possesses the potential to incite discussion, debate, and even change. “It’s about understanding what happens when photographs are released into the wild, into society. How do they behave, how do they engage, how do they communicate?” adds Weber, “You as a maker need to take responsibility for your work in the context of the wider world.”

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