There is a nice, brief video
produced by the Documentary Photography Project of The Open Society Institute in which Susan Meiselas
talks about the uses of 'documentary' photography. She (unsurprisingly!) seems quite insightful and realistic about the impact photography might have:
"This is how understanding is key of we are going to be able to build bridges, and I do think photography is a lot about creating the bridge. People still have to walk over it. I think photographers are the ones who perceive the bridge as a possibility ... and it goes back to that hope that people will feel the connection. And that connectivity is the opening of the door."
I have argued elsewhere that the point of photography is to establish or to help establish solidarity. It sounds to me like Meiselas
is talking about just that.
Labels: documentary, Meaning and Use, Susan Meiselas