For the last six months, a group of photographers have come together to explore photography, class consciousness, and social justice. Our perspective is that photography is an important tool for radical social change, if it is produced by photographers who are part of the social movements they’re documenting, and if their perspective is to expose the injustices of the system, to show how it can be changed, and by who. We believe that photography can help communicate what power can look like. Images have the ability to help working people understand their world and its power relationships, and to appreciate their own power and movements for change. Photographing social justice movements has a long tradition -- not just in the United States but worldwide. We walk in those footsteps of history, and hope to keep exploring our role and responsibilities as photographers and organizers embedded in the movements for social justice.
On May 1st, our collective organized our first show, "Eyes on the Movement: Images from Bay Area Activist Photographers," displaying social justice movements we're a part of across the state - from the organizing of recycling workers in Alameda County to fast food workers across the Bay Area and LA, police accountability, immigrant rights and housing for all.
The exhibit is up at Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Avenue in Oakland, California until June 15. We will have another event on June 11 to further build the connections between photographers and social justice movements.