I use my iPhone camera with the same pace, same cadence...same aesthetics that I used my 4x5.
 

Ruddy Roye 
Brooklyn, New York

 

 

Over 90% of adults in the United States own a cellphone. 56% own smartphones. The ubiquity of this technology has transformed our lives–how, what, when, and where we communicate has or, rather, is radically changing. So is the profession of photography. In this context, what is photography? Who’s a photographer? And how might both remain vital?

Adaptation and collaboration. To this end, the Magnum Foundation–an organization revered for pushing the margins of photography as a means of communication–developed Photography, Expanded. The intent? “To inspire documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the image and catalyzes collaboration across disciplines.” Public Works with the Magnum Foundation to translate the Photography Expanded initiative into an on-going series of labs, lectures, and discussions that introduce photographers to innovative ideas, tools, and methods for communicating in our increasingly mediated culture.

In 2014, Photography, Expanded focused on three themes: image aggregation and authorship; data visualization; and community cultivation. Over the course of three weekend workshops, photographers were introduced to emerging practitioners from various fields from art and design to psychology, sociology, and the US Marine Corps. Each shared insights regarding their preferred engagement strategies. Through a series of activities, participants are then asked to integrate similar methodologies into their own practice. Photography,Expanded blurs disciplinary boundaries in order to expand the capacity of photographers, as advocates and activists, to mobilize communities around issues of social justice.

Kiersten Nash is honored to contribute to the development of Magnum Foundation's Photography, Expanded initiative on behalf of Public Works Collaborative.