Influences: Paulo Freire (1921 – 1997)

Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire

While indirectly influencing my photography, the ideas of Paulo Freire greatly influenced my teaching as a university professor…

“Education either functions …

(1.) as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or

(2.) it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire

In regard to my photography, as photojournalism, my aim is to deal critically with what I see, and to seek create ways to express issues that need to be seen and addressed. I don’t always succeed, in my photography or my teaching, but I continually strive toward the mark.

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