Jun 32023
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The Social Ethics of Photography

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This June join renowned photographer & activist Eva Woolridge at Photoville to explore the necessity of accountability and its regard to dismantling exploitative photography. Broaden your understanding on identity and how it affects our ability to capture other cultures and movements authentically.

Presenters: Eva Woolridge

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

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  • Leica Camera

During a time when social and political movements are more accessible and important to document than ever before, how do we capture history without becoming a voyeur of a culture that is not our own? Why is it necessary to create impactful images born from our own experiences without exploiting others? This presentation shares Woolridge’s experience navigating and developing her artistic style while building awareness of our influence on how we view the communities we photograph. It will encourage us to reconsider the space we take up, our roles as photographers in contributing to activism, and how we influence the images we capture. Discover our social responsibility whether as a photojournalist capturing a social movement, or a hobbyist photographing cultures abroad, and rethink how we can photograph righteously.

Presenter Bios

  • Eva Woolridge

    Eva Woolridge

    Eva Woolridge (she/her), is an award-winning Queer, Black & Chinese portrait photographer, director, public speaker, and social activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her photo series explores the sexual, spiritual, and emotional nature of femininity. In her work, she transcends surface-level labels of people of color by conveying strength, perseverance, vulnerability, and vitality using strong lighting and composition.

    Woolridge is a recipient of the 2019 Leica Women Foto Project award for her series Size of a Grapefruit, and her work has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar, and has been exhibited in Seattle, Boston, D.C., NYC, and Berlin, Germany. She speaks nationally about photography and its relationship to identity, including a Tedx Talk, the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem NYC, The Scope Art Art, and as a keynote for the University of Maryland, College Park. Woolridge sat on the 2020 Diversity Advisory Council for Fuji Cameras of North America.


  • Leica Camera

    Leica Camera

    Ignite your passion for photography with Leica Camera at Photoville

    Discover the allure of Leica photography at Photoville through curated photowalks complemented by a Leica on Loan program. From action photography to environmental portraiture, you’ll experience Leica photography and guidance by acclaimed Leica photographers. 

    Leica Camera is founded on a tradition of optical excellence and a conscious focus on the essentials of exquisite image making. For over a century, the brand has motivated visual storytelling through the quintessential union of craftsmanship, design and experience, providing essential tools that influence the art, culture and creation of photography. Photoville attendees can see this firsthand at the Leica Pavilion, which will showcase a one-of-a-kind photographic experience through a variety of interactive Leica activities designed to ignite your passion for photography.

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