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Timm Sonnenschein


Empathy in social and political documentary photography

The purpose of my research is to engage with how professional documentary photographers produce empathetic observations of social issues.

  1. What is empathy and its role for the photographer of social issues?
  2. What values and motivations are driving the engaged, social documentary photographer?
  3. How do these values and motivations get expressed through images?
  4. How do engaged photographers see and place their work as impactful contributions towards social change?

Through an in-depth exploration of these four questions I want to make a significant practical and theoretical contribution relevant to contemporary practitioners in the field, aiming to investigate intellectual and emotionally positive values and empathy as applied in photographic perception and practice.



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