Popular Education in Revolutionary Times: Reflecting on Nicaragua's Popular Education Program in the 1980s

5. Action

At a smaller scale, addressing issues of representation and ownership require individual photographers to be willing to take on the responsibility of ensuring that the individuals and communities they work with are included within the production process as co-creators of knowledge and not just as passive subjects. However, I don’t believe leaving this in the hands on individual photographers is enough. At a larger scale, addressing these issues requires careful review of how photographers are trained both within formal educational settings and during on-boarding processes within media production organizations. In addition, publishers have a responsibility to ensure that the images they publish are reviewed by a strong editorial panel that is skilled not only in judging the technical and aesthetic aspects of a photograph, but that also assesses the impact and representation in terms of the people and processes being depicted, and what the image in communicating about them. Each of these requires more diverse voices and “experts” being included to share their perspectives whether as photographers, educators or publishers.

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