Below are links to pages listing photographic resources used for social change. The information presented on these pages comes predominantly from the organizations/institutions websites and is not independently verified or endorsed by The Rights Exposure Project.

Multimedia Photography Video and Film

Debate, academia, training, broadcast, festivals & tool providers

50 + Web 2.0 Ways to tell a story. Wiki created by Alan Levine in which he provides an organised list of free web tools for creating multimedia stories in the web. Abhivyakti - Media for Development. Based in India. Provides training and services on community and alternative media, including video production. BBC Film making Guide for short films – Not specifically for social activism but provides a basic overview of  the film making  process from scriptwriting to post-production. CEFREC/Video en Bolivia – The Cinematography Education and Production Center (CEFREC) was founded in 1989 in La Paz, Bolivia. Its primary mission is to facilitate technical training in film and video for the indigenous peoples of Bolivia and to assist in producing and distributing their work. Channel 19 – Channel 19 is an independent on-line network to distribute, promote and support community-produced media in the developing world. Their videos are about social, economic and local issues the communities want to address within their own community. Is run by Video Volunteers. Documentary Open Skool (DOS) – With the common belief that film as a medium of progressive positive change can only be attained through the widespread understanding of the medium as an art-form and the willingness to create forms within films that analyse and discourse. Documentary Open Skool as an open networking platform of amateur and aspiring film makers has been working in Nepal since 2008. DoGooderTV – DoGooderTV enables non-profit organizations to present new videos and existing media assets to new audiences and to use a highly functional video platform for free. DoGooderTV gives non-profits control of the presentation of their videos and gives viewers a direct way to donate to the organization, join, or volunteer. EngageMedia – is a video sharing site focusing on social justice and environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific. It is a space for critical documentary, fiction, artistic and experimental works that challenge the dominance of the mainstream media. The EngageMedia Collective developed Critical Commons using the free, open source content management system, Plumi. green.tv – A broadband TV channel for environmental films bringing together films from a range of environmental organisations and independent film makers. Human Rights Films Network - is a partnership of human rights film festivals around the world, The Network promotes exchange, communication and collaboration regarding the representation of human rights issues in moving pictures. Human Rights TV – a web television channel devoted to Human Rights activities. Human Rights TV provides a free service to individuals, free at the point of entry, free at the point of viewing. Impact series – is series of videos created by Working Films and The Fledgling Fund focused on building film campaigns that ignite social change. Kabul At Work – a multi-media project, led by a joint international and Afghan crew collecting interviews, photographic portraits and video shorts of the people of Kabul in their working environments. Lights. Camera. Help – US organisation based in Austin, Texas centred around an annual film festival for non-profits. Media that Matters – The Media That Matters Film Festival is the première showcase for short films on the most important...
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Multimedia Photography Video and Film

Agencies & Communities

Ctrl+Alt+Shift – Innovative UK based new social activism organisation using new media, visual arts and stunts for social justice aimed at young people. Part of Christian Aid. Dropping Knowledge – Using strong international photo-journalistic images ‘dropping knowledge’ invite questions from the public to accompany the images as postcards or posters.  Their website allows for these questions to be debated. Some social videos are also featured on the site. duckrabbit – Duckrabbit are the only production company in the UK who combine the power of still images and audio to provoke change. Also see their lively blog. Media Storm – MediaStorm’s principal aim is to usher in the next generation of multimedia storytelling by publishing social documentary projects incorporating photojournalism, interactivity, animation, audio and video for distribution across multiple media. Photo.circle –is a network of photographers in Nepal that hosts presentations, discussions, workshops, multimedia and film screenings and exhibitions. Organized by b&n; a communications company based in Kathmandu, photo.circle is a unique platform that highlights the power of visual storytelling. Proof – Proof: Media for Social Justice is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of the issues faced by populations in post-conflict societies and to encourage social change using a variety of media including photographic essays, video documentaries and first-hand witness account. Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – in-depth multimedia productions on global issues. Storiesforchange – is an on-line meeting place for community digital storytelling facilitators and advocates. Learn more about how we’re using this unique medium for social change. Weyo – communications agency specializing in non-profits. Offers services of documentary photography, branding, promotional material, website design and media training.
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Photography

Photographic campaigns, exhibitions & collections

The Aftermath Project – a non-profit organization focused on broadening the story telling of conflict and post-conflict societies. The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. In addition, through partnerships with universities, photography institutions and non-profit organizations, the Project seeks to help broaden the public’s understanding of the true cost of war— and the real price of peace — through international travelling exhibitions and educational outreach in communities and schools. Arts and Media Centre – works in refugee camps in Palestinian Occupied Territories to enhance the development and sustainability of arts and media projects at the grass-roots level. The project is supported by  the HOPING Foundation. Arts and Media Centre has been established by Lajee Centre in Aida Camp Bhopal gas disaster (Magnum & Greenpeace) – Raghu Rai, who covered the world’s worst industrial disaster in Bhopal, India in 1984, returned 17 years later. His work was published in the book “Exposure” for Greenpeace International, 2002. The BoP Project – the ‘Base of the Economic Pyramid’ Project aims to discover, document and share stories of remarkable social entrepreneurs, enterprises and innovations that are redefining poverty alleviation. Through visual journalism and media, teach people about the growing BoP movement and the viable alternatives to traditional aid. Days with my father – moving and intimate collection by Philip Toledano on the ageing and death of his father. Denied Citizens (World Heath Organisation) – Human rights violations against people with mental disorders occur in communities throughout the world – in mental health institutions, hospitals, and in the wider community. The Detainee Project – a site focused on the treatment of detainees in Iraq. At the center of this project is the legal work being done by Susan Burke and her associates of Burke O’Neil LLC in Philadelphia, the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and Akeel and Valentine in Detroit. Flashes of Hope – project focusing on children with cancer and other life threatening diseases. FotoEvidence – promoting the documentation of human rights violations using photography. Has an annual book award. Human Rights Watch – collection of photo essays and audio slide shows. A People War – trilogy of books (with accompanying exhibitions) of photographs documenting the 10 year conflict in Nepal. Stories of tragedy and hope (World Health Organisation) – series of feature stories about people living with HIV/AIDS.
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Photographers

Shahidul Alam – is a documentary photographer from Bangladesh and founder of the Drik photo agency. Paula Allen – is a social documentary photographer. She began her career, 30 years ago, photographing non-violent revolutions such as the European nuclear disarmament movement, focusing on Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in England and the Solidarity movement in Poland. She has also photographed in the war zones of Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Angola and Afghanistan. Her work has been published in numerous magazines: The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Paris Match, The London Independent Magazine, Art in America, O:The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, and Glamour, among others. Lola Leoncia, age 99, Mapanique, The Philippines, March 2005 – copyright Paula Allen / Amnesty International Paoblo Bartholomew - one of India’s most decorated photographers, winning the World Press Photo twice. Marcelo Brodsky – Argentinian photography. His stand out work looks at the issue of enforced disappearances of those he went to school with. DJ Clark -  is a contract multimedia reporter for China Daily and represented as a photojournalist by Panos Pictures in London. He also researches and writes about photography as a vehicle for social change, the subject that drives both his journalistic and academic work. Rian Dundon – US photographer working in China. Recent work looks at heroin rehabilitation in Yunnan province Yasmin Eid-Sabbagh – Lebanese photographer. Recent work includes participatory photography project with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Harvey Finkle – a US based documentary still photographer who has produced a substantial body of work concerned with social, political and cultural issues. His work has been extensively exhibited and published, including three books entitled, “Urban Nomads,” “Still Home: Jews of South Philadelphia” and “Reading.” Immigration. Harvey Finkle Sophie Gerrard – Specialising in environmental and social issues, including work with Foto8 and Greenpeace. Stand out work on maternal mortality and e-waste in India. Jim Goldberg -Magnum photographer from USA Work included in ‘Disposable People’ project looking at modern day slavery, and ‘Access to Life’ on anti-retroviral treatment. Stanley Greene – US photographer, documented various wars including Chechnya and Rwanda. More recent work includes hurricane Katrina. John Javellana – Philippines based free-lancer currently working with Reuters. Covered Typhoon Sendong. Nayan Tara Gurung Kakshapati – Nepalese photographer and founder of photo.circle. Ed Kashi – US photographer. Stand out work includes ‘Land of the Black Gold’ looking at oil extraction in the Niger Delta. Ciara Leeming – Manchester (UK) based photo-journalist specialising in text and multimedia. Gideon Mendel – has been documenting the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDs in Africa for over a decade. His work linking to campaigns run by ActionAid and the Guardian particularly stand out. Gideon Mendel, 1997, Tanzania. At a fishing village a local theater group performs a play about Aids utilizing audience participation. Pete Muller – based in South Sudan. Has produced work for Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch, UNIFEM and UNICEF. James Morgan – Fine art documentary photographer. Has done extensive work in Asia, including Mongolia, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Bhutan and Japan. Tom Pietrasik – British photographer with a focus on India since 2002. Raghu Rai –...
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Participatory Photography

Participatory methodologies have become increasingly popular with professional photographers, development and human rights organizations over the last three decades. Although matching with overall institutional moves towards more participatory approaches, the ‘over claiming’ of the benefits of such projects has caused some criticism, as well as the ethics of some practitioners. Below are a number of organisations and individuals running either individual projects or specialising in participatory photographic projects. China Village Documentary Project – launched in 2005 as part of the joint EU-China Training Programme on Village Governance, the project focusses on the differences made by ‘village self-governance’ (democratic reforms) in rural China. The project used participatory photography and video, putting equipment in the hands of villagers to observe the political changes in their communities. Eye to Eye – A Save the Children project providing working children with cameras to document their lives, then developing teaching materials for education on child labour in the EU. ’42′ - Participatory photographic project with women in Sierra Leone initiated by Lee Karen Stow. Fotografi Senza Frontiere – Participatory photography  organization based in Milan, Italy. Fotosynthesis – Founded by a group of professional photographers & community workers who believe in the social utility of creative practices. They run a studio space & darkroom in South London, UK. They provide private classes to support community projects. “My grandmother” by Diana Garcia. Exhibited at the British Film Institute for Refuge In Films 2012 in partnership with RefugeeYouth. A film festival curated by a group of young refugees, who produce their own films and organised the event.It aims to raise awareness about the representation of refugees and migrant’s issues. Kids with Cameras – Kids with Cameras was founded in 2002 by photographer Zana Briski out of her work teaching photography to children in Calcutta’s red-light district (made famous through the Oscar winning documentary film, ‘Born into Brothels’. It has now merged with Kids with Destiny (which runs Hope House, a school for girls from Kolkata’s ‘red light district’). They are no longer running participatory photography projects. ‘Girl on Roof’ by Suchitra (used with permission from Kids with Cameras) New Exposure – runs participatory photography projects using high quality digital cameras facilitated by professional photographers. They aim to build long term relationships with those they work with so they can continue to develop as photographers. Mira´m bé – participatory photography project by Ruido Photo with young people in the neighborhood of Congost (Granollers- Barcelona), a Catalan region with an important number of immigrant population from other areas of Spain or from abroad. Mira´m bé project Photographs by Iraqi Civilians – project by the Daylight Community Arts Foundation that provided provided 10 Iraqi civilians with disposable cameras between April and May 2004 to picture their own world. PhotoVoice – PhotoVoice’s mission is to bring about positive social change for marginalised communities through providing them with photographic training with which they can advocate, express themselves and generate income. Through Positive Eyes – participatory photo project with 60 HIV+ people working with Gideon Mendel and MAKE ART/STOP AIDS. Through the Eyes of Children (the Rwanda Project) – the project...
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