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In-Sight or Out of the Picture: Photography for Ethical and Sustainable Change with Mindy Nierenberg Zoom

December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

OFF THE GRID woman with broken mirror

Eddie Adams wrote in Times Magazine: “Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world.” Writer Eleanor Scott referenced that quote by saying, “And photographers need to be careful with how they wield that power.” Photographs have immense power to inspire change, but they also have the potential to do harm. Whether they stimulate societal/policy transformations or individual actions, we will consider the photographer’s responsibilities to the public, viewers, and subjects portrayed.


This course will include an introduction to ethics in photography and general best practices in working towards sustained social change. Much of the course will be spent in small groups comparing/contrasting sets of images by photographers, followed by discussions with the whole class. Participants will be provided a framework and guiding questions, learning to view and create social practice photography through a critical lens. Images will include work by historical and contemporary professional photographers as well as community-based photography programs and social enterprises.


We will explore the role that photography has played as a tool for change, addressing issues such as climate change, immigration, social determinants of health, food insecurity, homelessness, systemic inequality, and gentrification. This course is open to all, whether you are a photographer or interested viewer.  We will establish an environment of openness to questions and learn from each other’s perspectives and lived experiences.

Tuesday, Dec 7th  6:30 – 8:45 pm EST ONLINE via ZOOM

Members: $65  Non-Members $95



Mindy NierenbergAbout Mindy Nierenberg

Over the past 40 years, Mindy Nierenberg has been an artist, educator, and program creator. As an Assistant and Associate Dean at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she founded the Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning, created community-based art programs, and co-taught civic engagement courses on campus and in the Navajo Nation. As the Senior Director of Programs for the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, Mindy spent the past eighteen years designing and implementing programs and initiatives for undergraduate and professional students across the University. She also taught the course “Art, Activism, and Community” at both Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and designed a course for Tufts medical students and SMFA students to collaborate on art in healthcare. She has worked locally, nationally, and globally to prepare students for lifetimes of ethical, equitable, and collaborative efforts and leadership for the public good. She has been a consultant, speaker, facilitator, and trainer at conferences and universities in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, she received the award for Tufts University Changemaker. 





Featured image:

OFF THE GRID Collection, 2016. Digital Photograph. ©OFF THE GRID. All rights reserved.

This work is a result of the OFF THE GRID project, wherein professional photographers mentored individuals experiencing homelessness, teaching them how to tell their stories through photography… To combat the stigmatization that is associated with homelessness, and to maintain the privacy and dignity of the participants, all works from this project were left untitled and the artists anonymous.”



December 7
6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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