Not only is it important to get out and actively photograph, it’s also important to think about the implications and impact of photography in today’s world. One place to see this quite clearly and with remarkable depth is by visiting photowings.org.
Founded by Suzi Katz, PhotoWings’ mission is “to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen and saved.” This is a tall order, but an important one. In the process of working towards this goal, PhotoWings’ website has become a depository of invaluable information and a resource for all levels and types of photographers, from aspiring students to professionals, from photojournalists to artists. It’s one place where you can go to get a global overview of such things as photo-related publications, events and festivals, print collections, online galleries, online communities, schools, lectures, funding, media links and many other practical resources.
To get an idea of PhotoWings’ range, just check out their current offerings, which include an interview with renowned photo critic, A.D. Coleman, who talks about his 45-year career and how photography has changed since he first got involved with it.
There is also an insightful article by photographer Ken Light titled “Continuing the Photo Documentary Tradition in the 21st Century,” a look at the work of Jane Fulton Alt, from her project “Look and Leave: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina” and a video of photographer Maggie Steber talking about the value of family photo albums.
To me, what PhotoWings does best is use a very broad-brush stroke to take a look at how photography has affected the world and its continuing role today. Everyone has a camera phone and is reporting what they see. Does that make everyone a photojournalist? What about the ethics involved in making images, and making them public. Check out the articles on the PhotoWings website and see what the greatest thinkers in photography and those who are completely engaged in the medium have to say about it, from curators at prestigious museums, to photo historians, to activists involved with social causes.
PhotoWings is an exceptional organization that is constantly evolving and challenging photographers to see the medium in a new light. Be sure to stop by their website for a closer look.
Content by: Richard Newman