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Aperture Magazine Live

The Story of Data: Visualization, Mapping, and Photography

Tuesday, April 29

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY


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As part of the Photography, Expanded initiative, Aperture Foundation, Magnum Foundation, and Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project present a panel discussion that explores the visual storytelling potential of big data and mapping.

From our smartphones to the city power grid, massive amounts of data are collected and monitored on a daily basis, radically transforming how socioeconomic conditions are understood and managed. This new reality has major implications for our ability to access and share public information, while raising critical issues about privacy. How can documentary photographers utilize publicly available data sets to reinforce the intent behind their work? How might data visualization and mapping techniques help bring viewers, participants, and advocates closer to the issues? How can photographers safely access and share data in lieu of increasing online security threats?

Join us as we learn about digital strategies employed in data science, geography, journalism, and critical design that may be applied to photography projects for social impact.

Featured Panelists:
Paolo Cirio, artist working in privacy, copyright, and cyber-security issues (Street Ghosts)
Harlo Holmes, mobile developer at The Guardian Project (InformaCam)
Jake Price, photographer (Unknown Spring)
Derek Watkins, geographer and graphics editor at the New York Times (“Riding the New Silk Road)

Moderated by Stephen Mayes, visual communications strategist.

Photography, Expanded is an initiative designed to inspire documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the still image and catalyze collaboration across disciplines. The program is produced by Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, New Arts Axis, Aperture Foundation, and Parsons The New School for Design. This year’s program features a series of labs, panel discussions, and symposium.




Photography, Expanded is supported by the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, Ford Foundation JustFilms, and Compton Foundation.

Image: Paolo Cirio, 12 Cheshire Street, London, Street View, 2012

The Story of Data: Visualization, Mapping, and Photography