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Workshop

The Camera as Political Apparatus : An Unromantic Take on Documentary Practice

NOTE : The workshop was originally to be held in Bodø in June 2020, but was cancelled due to Covid-19. An online version was held in the summer of 2020 The recording from the talks can be seen here. 

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"“There is no need for the western political artist, too often a disaster tourist, to sail the seven seas looking for injustices to denounce. Inequality and exploitation saturate the ground on which we stand, they are in the grain of everyday life.” - Victor Burgin.

The workshop invites participants to think, discuss and challenge their beliefs on what critical art and documentary photography is and can be. As photographers, how does our point of view and engagement affect how and what we photograph? Is documenting enough in today’s world? Are we in danger of succumbing to a certain aesthetic laziness in the way we photograph pain and misery, and is there an alternative? We believe that art and documentary photography still has an important role in criticising, revealing and in other ways actively catalysing change in today’s world. The way we as photographers approach what we do can mean the difference between visual tourism, a cry of outrage or effective criticism.

From planning and developing to promoting and funding a project, the participants will have an opportunity to clarify the next steps for their existing politically or socially engaged long-term work.