Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2016

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Program

Art (Photography)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)




The camera phone prompted a new stylistic approach that has created an outlet for inexpensive and democratized photography, seemingly giving anyone the revolutionary ability to be called an artist. It is because of this that photojournalism, as an art practice, is losing its intrinsic ambitions — to employ visual storytelling to, more effectively than written word, foster positive social and political activism. Photographs of war and marginalized people in society have become both exploitative and dehumanizing in their treatment of both photographic style and relationship to subject and have only numbed their viewers to today’s atrocities. I look to find a solution for these fundamental changes in postmodern art by interchanging the roles of photographer and subject, allowing for the camera to seamlessly flow through time and space to tell a more representative and less romanticized story. It is through this shift in the socially engaged creative process and aesthetic decision to subvert the common visual language of documentary photography to a “snapshot” approach that I seek to resolve the moral mind-field of photojournalism.