2010 Photophilanthropy Entries

6 11 2010

As I looked more into the photophilanthropy website I am came upon a page with the 2010 photo entries. They all provided the same information: who the photographer is and what nonprofit it represented.
For some reason when I think of non profits I immediately think of a food shelter in a third-world country. I completely understand and admit that this is a totally naive and judgemental thought. There are so many different kinds of non-profits all around the world and this really hit me when I was scanning through the 2010 photophilanthropy entries.
Each photo gave me a completely different message. I wrote in an essay once that the photojournalists aren’t supposed to reveal the purpose of their photo ever because that is not their job. Their one and only job is to provide information and let people form their own opinions about that information. I am not sure what messages any of those photographers were trying to convey through their photos but for each and every one of them I was inspired to learn more. The purpose of their photos (not the message) is to get people to learn more about the non-profit they are representing and then possibly aid it. Here are five examples of some of the 2010 entries.

James Morgan, 2010
World Wildlife Fund

Joni Kabana, 2010
Children’s Cancer Association

Burk Jackson, 2010
Mehayo Centre for Disabled Youth
Human Services

Barbara Ries, 2010
Smile Train

Rodrigo Esper, 2010
Homeless World Cup
Arts and Culture




2 responses

6 11 2010
Mister Fischer

I like the idea that the purpose of the photo is to motivate people to want to know or learn more. That’s a real challenge: to motivate a passive person into doing something active–that is, into doing something to find out more about an organization. Often people think about photos as passive works of art. You look at them and then you move on. The trick with this stuff is to get viewers to do more than that, right?

You might consider how you might do this in your own photography.

8 11 2010

I feel like some photography is supposed to leave you making up your own mind on an issue, but I think most photography is really set on making you feel a certain way.

For the Children’s Cancer Association, they chose a picture of a very sad looking boy to represent them. Was this by accident or do that want to gain sympathy from possible detonators or volunteers? Photography is really a very interesting art form and I think it may spread more awareness than any other art form, actually.

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