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23
Feb

Becky Warnock: The Influence of Colonization on Images of Africa

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Becky Warnock is an artist, facilitator and activist. Her artistic practice crosses photography, film, and theatre. She uses participatory practice to engage with the people she works with. Her focus is on creating innovative, community engaged art powered for social change. She trained at the Central School of Speech and […]

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10
Nov

Three Ways to Make Yourself Easy to Work With

Posted by | · · · · · · · | Business · Inspiration · Nonprofits · Storytelling

When I worked on staff at a nonprofit and had the budget to hire freelancers, my main goal was to work with people who made my life easier. I thought of that a lot when I started running my photography and video business full-time. I try to be very easy to […]

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11
Aug

Humanitarian Filmmaker Kate Lord on Involving Beneficiaries in the Filmmaking Process

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Kate Lord is a humanitarian filmmaker and photographer based in New York City. She started her career working for The Wall Street Journal as a photo editor and a multimedia producer at NBC Universal. She became a freelancer three years ago so that she could tell more uplifting stories. She […]

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27
Jul

Elisa Morales’s Research on Images in Voluntourism Marketing and Her Advice For More Ethical Photography

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Elisa Morales has experience working as a manager in the corporate sector and program manager in the nonprofit sector. She has a MBA in Nonprofit Management and MA in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She currently resides in Los Angeles, […]

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10
Mar

When to Put Down the Camera

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Years ago, I spent one week photographing a story on Aasima, a single mom raising two young children in Virginia. We came from such different worlds yet we shared an intense, common experience from our past that helped us forge a quick bond and a strong trust in each other. That trust meant Aasima […]

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14
Jan

Giving Gifts – Or Not – To Subjects of Humanitarian Stories

Posted by | · · · · · | Ethics · Nonprofits · Photography · Video & Film

It’s one of those things I wasn’t sure about for a long time: should I give gifts when I’m filming or photographing? Many organizations I work with have firm policies about not giving money but no clear policies on gift-giving. And yet, in the work I do, I spend hours […]

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01
Nov

What I Learned From My Public Mistake

Posted by | · · · · · · · · · | Ethics · Storytelling · Writing

Nonprofit organizations are notoriously tight-lipped about their failures. Admitting you made a mistake is hard. Publicly admitting failure is even harder, but there’s value in sharing what went wrong and especially how you handled it and what you learned.   One of my biggest mistakes happened not at a nonprofit, […]

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29
Jul

What Happens When You Give Up Your Ethics for a Paycheck?

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This is the year it happened– I sold out. I gave up my ethics and morals for a paycheck.   It started much like any other gig. I got an inquiry and responded. I went out on recce to identify subjects for the story. I did interviews and found out […]

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23
Feb

When a Photograph Isn’t What It Seems

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Are these cocoa pods in Africa or Asia? Does it matter? (Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World) There’s a controversy brewing in the photojournalism world that I think is relevant to NGO work: misrepresentation in photography. More about the controversy in a moment. First an explanation of misrepresentation. […]

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