The Voice of Image: Exploring the Psychology of Photography
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The Voice of Image: Exploring the Psychology of Photography

Ron, at Save the Chimps, was rescued from invasive medical research. The eye should learn to listen before it looks. – Robert Frank Jo-Anne McArthur is a Toronto-based photojournalist whose work spans a vast range of subjects. However, she is perhaps best known for her work over the last fifteen years as an investigator and chronicler focused on nonhuman animals. This pioneering work is the subject of a documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine (link is external) . In this interview, she reflects on the nature of her work and the interplay of psyche and society through the medium of photography in the landscape of human-animal relationships. Jo-Anne, in the last few years you have generated a stream of award-winning studies focused on non-human animals, including the We Animals (link is external) project and forthcoming book. In fact, you are considered to be the first, if not, until recently, “the” animal rights photojournalist. Can you talk about this and what this moniker entails? JM: First, I describe myself as a “photojournalist” and not a photographer because the intent of a photojournalist is just like any other written-word news reporter- except I use images to reveal and report on what […]

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