Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Orin Langelle: Using photojournalism to expose social and ecological injustice

"The myth of objective journalism, where the truth must be counterbalanced by the untruth, has no place in a just society, especially when corporate propaganda already dominates so much of the media."
Orin Langelle

Orin Langelle has traveled the globe, including Australia, to photograph political and environmental campaigns for justice. A collection of his photos of various campaigns are here

Langelle defines his work as 'using the power of photojournalism to expose social and ecological injustice'.

His work is a reminder of the power and importance of photographs as a historical record of people's struggles against unjust political and corporate power.

As Aziz Choudry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University in Montreal explains,  the combination of activism and photojournalism that is central to Langelle's work, is of critical importance:
“Langelle’s unique work documents hidden and forgotten histories of the resistance against the war on the planet and the majority of its population. His images provide glimpses of possibilities– when ordinary people act collectively to fight imperialism, war and colonialism, and confront ecological devastation, to build a different world".
Langelle's website is here and includes this blog which features reviews and articles about his work.

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