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Photography, Expanded


The Photography Expanded symposium, on June 8, explored collectivity, authorship, participation, and collaboration in photography and creative documentary practice. Presenters showcased projects from a range of disciplines and fostered exchange about what it means to partner with other makers, subjects, and publics.

Welcome (20:20)
Kristen Lubben

Expanding Photography through Collaboration (30:12)
Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Corey Tegeler, Oscar Castillo and Sam Lavigne, Yael Martinez and Orlando Velazquez

Unknown Unknowns (1:02:30)
Jamer Hunt

Improvisation and the Unbounded Frame (1:14:34)
Eric Gottesman, Ivan Sigal, Sonia Louise Davis, Emma Raynes

Patterns of Collaboration (2:04:34)
Wendy Ewald and Susan Meiselas

Lunchtime Conversations (2:30-34)
Quito Ziegler, The Visual Resistance

Starting with Questions not Answers (4:05:42)
Mark Strandquist


Thank you

This year's symposium is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Panta Rhea Foundation, Compton Foundation and Bertha Foundation. This event was co-sponsored by Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education & Public Programs.

Making Place, Holding Space (4:11:19)
Kate Fowler and Josh Collier (Appalachian Media Institute), Danny Peralta and Roy Baizan (The Point), Noelle Flores Theard

Projects, Platforms, and Practices (4:43:47)
Caroline Woolard

Disruptive Participation and Radical Listening (4:55:32)
Nina Robinson, Sol Aramendi, Zohar Kfir, Gemma Rose Turnbull

Incitement and Invitation (5:43:13)
Grayson Earle, Mark Read, Zoë Bachman (The Illuminator)

Infrastructure for Cooperation (6:05:47)
Heather Hart, Morehshin Allahyari, Opeyemi Olukemi

Of Publics, Places, and Politics (6:52:12)
Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Nato Thompson

Closing Remarks 7:31:50)
Tom Finkerpearl


Help Strengthen Our Network

The Photography Expanded symposium is free and open to the public. It is made entirely possible by our supporters and the generosity of individuals. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation at any level today.

Sonia Louise Davis presenting on improvisation and the unbounded frame. Photo by Mengwen Cao.

Photography Expanded stimulates documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the still image through intensive labs, fellowships, panel discussions, and conferences.

Addressing the need in the field of documentary photography for access to the tools, approaches, and ideas shaping today’s media terrain, Photography Expanded organizes opportunities for practitioners to learn, forge connections, and push their projects in new directions.


Photography Expanded labs are intensive, concept-driven workshops for selected participants mid-process in developing stories. Each lab invites facilitators who are experts in their fields to lead discussions and activities. They are held in conjunction with a panel discussion that is open to the public. Some lab themes have been: Responsible Data, Digital Interventions, and Tactics of Collaboration.

Co-produced with The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Digital Narratives Lab presented emerging digital strategies for documentary mediamakers, journalists, designers, and engineers.


In partnership with the Brown Center for Media Innovation, the Photography Expanded Fellowship pairs documentary photographers with coders, designers, and advisors to expand their storytelling beyond the still image. Fellows participate in a series of labs to learn about emerging digital tools and build an audience engagement strategy to mobilize the public around social justice issues.

The Photography Expanded Fellowship is not an open application process. Former Photography, Expanded lab participants will be invited to apply.

2015 Fellow Peter DiCampo presents at the third annual Symposium. “What Went Wrong” is a participatory photo project that questions the dominant narrative surrounding the value and efficacy of development aid in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The Photography Expanded symposium is an annual full-day event that is free and open to the public. The symposium draws practitioners and storytellers across media to be inspired by exemplary case studies of innovative journalism on social justice issues. Through a series of presentations, participants learn about current and emerging trends and ideas in digital media for engaging audiences across platforms and mobilizing communities. The symposium draws an audience of photographers, writers, technologists, designers, and producers with the aim of creating a space for potential collaborators to meet and exchange ideas.

Co-founder of Tactical Tech Marek Tuszynski presents at the third annual symposium. “Exposing the Invisible,” is a series of documentary films, tools, and case studies that explore the far reaches of metadata in its capacity to protect, investigate, and expose abuses of power.