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Rhode Island School of Design


An introductory guide to resources for Photography

Understanding the Power of Photography

One of the qualities which sets photography apart from other art forms is its ability to document. Since the invention of photography, debates and concerns have existed around its use and its applications as a technology. The ubiquity of cameras and the ability to capture images has lead to questions about what is ethically permissible and what is exploitative when it come to the photograph as a document. These resources further explore the ideas of surveillance and voyeurism in photography.

To see a broader collection of books on this theme, check out this list about Privacy is Privilege: Surveillance, Data Collection, and Social Control.

Exploring Further