Cameras and Cultures:
The Myth of Objective Documentation

André Cypriano (Brazil), Marcela Taboada Avilés, Sudharak Olwe (India), Neo Ntsoma (South Africa), Reza (Iran), Andy Patrick (Fifty Crows Foundation) and Chris Rainier (National Geographic Society) with Mark Gonnerman.

Monday, September 19, 2005 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The All Roads Photographers Program of the National Geographic Society recognizes and supports talented photographic storytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing cultures and communities through photography. The program provides a forum for photographers to showcase their work to a global audience and presents the opportunity to engage and experience, firsthand, the voices of these artists as they talk about their photographs. Our forum will feature a panel discussion on documentary photography and democratic ideals. Is documentary photography inherently objectifying? Can comprehensive documentation be done through non-native eyes? Are there universal ethics in documentary work?

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Conversations from the Edge:
Vanishing Cultures and the Ethnosphere Project

Wade Davis and Chris Rainier with Mark Gonnerman

Monday, October 2, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures, Wade Davis coined the term ethnosphere to remind people that cultural diversity is as important to human sustenance as the diverse life forms that make up the biosphere.
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