Influencing Policy and Social Change through Photography

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Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Saturday, September 12th

Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM

Featuring:Michelle Bogre (Moderator), Debi Cornwall, Stephanie Sinclair, and Brooke Singer

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Photographers spend a lifetime bringing attention to some of the most urgent crises of our time and yet, what happens after they click the shutter in world full of images? As the industry evolves, so does the role of photography. Having acknowledged the limitations of the stand alone image in effecting change, these photographers sought out ways to create broad social impact and policy reform through their long term projects and accompanying campaigns.

While this panel does not require advance registration, seating in the Photoville Pavilion is first come first served so we recommend you arrive promptly.

Related Exhibitions:
Debi Cornwall – Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play, Gitmo on Sale
Stephanie Sinclair – Too Young to Wed
Brooke Singer – Toxic Sites US




MBogreHeadshot2_WEBMichelle Bogre, an Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design is a documentary photographer, copyright lawyer and author of Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, and Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century, both published by Focal Press. Her photographs and articles have been widely published in national magazines and she regularly writers about documentary and activist photography for photo blogs and on line magazines currently writes for on line magazines and photo blogs, including Photo.net. Her photographs have been featured in group shows at the Lawrence O’Brien Gallery in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and in Beauty Culture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in LA. She is working on a new book on copyright and when time allows, she is making incremental progress on a long term photographic project on family farms in America.

debi_1 Debi Cornwall is a visual artist working at the intersection of fine art and documentary photography, having returned to creative expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a wrongful conviction lawyer. Now, her values as an advocate and trained mediator, as well as her background representing innocent DNA exonerees, inform her visual work. Debi’s photographs examine the human experience of systemic injustice, trauma and transition; look to transcend simple labels of “perps” and “victims;” and explore the ways in which spaces reflect conflict and its aftermath. She is currently completing Beyond Gitmo, the third chapter in an ongoing project on the global legacy of Guantánamo Bay.


Portrait of photographer Stephanie Sinclair Visual Journalist, Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. Although she has covered the dramatic events of war, many of Sinclair’s most arresting works confront the everyday brutality faced by young girls around the world. Her studies of domestic life in developing countries and the United States bring into sharp relief the physical and emotional tolls that entrenched social conventions can take on those most vulnerable to abuse. Sinclair’s images mark an exchange of trust and compassion. But by consenting to be photographed at their most vulnerable, the people depicted in these images also demonstrate a rare bravery. The resulting images have been published in hundreds our outlets worldwide including National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Sinclair is the recipient of numerous other awards including the CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award, three World Press Photo awards and a Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, Stephanie’s photographs of self-immolation in Afghanistan were exhibited as part of the Whitney Biennial in New York.


brooke_singer_headshot_WEB Brooke Singer is a media artist who lives in New York City. Her work blurs the borders between science, technology, politics and arts practices. She engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist and collaborator. Her work lives “on” and “off” line in the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations and performances that involves public participation often in pursuit of social change. She is Associate Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase and co-founder of art, technology and activist group, Preemptive Media. She is also a co-founder of La Casita Verde, a new community garden in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and was formerly a fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology (2010-2011). She has recently received awards from the Open Society Foundations, Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and Madrid Council’s Department of the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including MoMA/PS1, Warhol Museum of Art, Matadero Madrid, The Banff Centre, Neuberger Museum of Art, Diverseworks, Exit Art, FILE Electronic Festival and Sonar Music and Multimedia Festival. She is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Microsoft and Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy.