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Matca by Savannah Dodd

Photograph by  Ha Dao

Photograph by Ha Dao

While in Hanoi, I had the chance to catch up with the amazing team at Matca and I stopped by to take a look at their zine making workshop. I am totally inspired by the work that these local photographers are producing. As someone whose day to day work is largely solitary, it was so refreshing to be surrounded by these creative people, to see their work, and to speak with them about their artistic practices.

I'm also in awe of a lot of the work that Matca is doing. One thing about this workshop that was really cool was that participants had the option to donate editions of their photozines to local galleries around Hanoi to share their work in a public forum. This is such a great opportunity for emerging artists, and it's really wonderful that Matca is raising the profile of Vietnamese artists in this way.
 

Workshop: Understanding Ethics in Photography by Savannah Dodd

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As some of you may know, my academic background isn't in photography, but in anthropology. In some ways, I think that not studying photography formally has been a disservice, mostly because my lack of formal training makes me self-conscious about my credentials, second-guessing my abilities as a photographer. In other ways, I think that there is no better subject for photographers to study than anthropology.

Anthropology helped me to develop skills fundamental to photography, from strategies for gaining access to observation techniques to thinking critically about what I see. I think that there are many things that photography and photographers can learn from anthropology, but I think the single biggest contribution that anthropology can make to photography is the understanding of ethics.

My passion for ethics in photography began a little over a year ago. Since then, I have been talking with photographers and artists about ethics, reading about the various perspectives on photography ethics, and following the latest ethical discussions taking place online (my friend and fellow photographer wrote an excellent, reflective article on the recent case of ethics in the work of Souvid Datta). I have combined my research and my understanding of ethics from anthropology to design workshops for photographers on ethics.

So far, I have conducted two pilot workshops, one in Chiang Mai, Thailand and one in Hanoi, Vietnam. These pilot workshops will help to inform the workshops that I will soon be offering for hire and the development of a bigger project that I have brewing. I can't say any more on what's to come just yet, but I'll keep you updated as the project progresses!

Photograph by doc.arts.asia