Working with organisations, photographers, community groups, academics and curators from across the country, Open Eye Gallery are building a new network to discuss and accelerate the practice of socially engaged photography. In the spirit of social practice, the network will be shaped collaboratively by its users, beginning with a quick survey to gauge how the network can be as useful as it can be. We would appreciate it if anyone interested in joining could take some time to fill it in. The network is open — join by signing up to the mailing list via this link.
As part of the new creation of the network a survey has been created in-order establish the level and types of interest for a new socially engaged photography network (SEPN). It is important that the network hears from photographers across the country, to ensure they develop the right focus for those currently working within or potentially interested in working within this field.
When referring to the term socially engaged photography, SEPN mean activities or projects where photographers and communities/ individuals come together to co-author or co-produce visual representations of the world around us. The process behind the work produced is often as important as the final photographic work, and projects are often reliant on collaboration and discussion. The work often reflects multiple voices about a particular social, political, economical or environmental issue, rather than that of a single artistic voice.