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Present Tense: Best Sustainable Practices in Photography

Bill Davis

Saturday, October 06 - 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Lecture Center 102

Mindful photo educators face moral obligations to ethically educate students in preparing for the present and future of photography. Should artists contribute more to evolution or extinction? The clear answer is evolution. The unclear answer is how. My workshop will report outcomes from teaching photography through the lens of sustainability. I received a research grant from my university through the Milton Ratner Foundation to launch pedagogical content that considers "best practices" in photography by prioritizing social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

"Best Practices" are professional sustainability-focused practices that create a road map for simplified, inclusive, ethical, qualitative, and mindful work. In photography that would mean an approach to measure business, personal, and location/studio transactions– from the people to the places and/or things that sustain the discipline of photography. While this is an ongoing project, I will link viewers to the outcomes of my primary research grant goals and invite them to consider implementing, contributing to, and sharing this research in their own creative and pedagogical practice.


Bill Davis
Bill Davis

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