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Photos that provoke discussion - can you point me in the right direction?

janehewitt 14 215 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2006 12:36AM
Hi, those of you who 'know' me know that I'm a secondary school teacher. We are working on courses called P4C - Philosophy for children and often use photographs as stimulus materials for discussion. I used the one that was discussed in the forum a while ago of the child and the vulture which provoked very mature discussion. Does anyone know of any other thought provoking photos.. I would be most grateful for your help thanks Jane PS the pupils are 11 - 16 so nothing too thought provoking ( if you know what I mean Smile

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u08mcb 14 5.8k
10 Apr 2006 3:23AM
Just because I was watching it on TV, the falling man from 9/11? Ok maybe thats a bit strong for 11 year olds but the older kids might want to talk about it more.
abel 13 518 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2006 3:39AM
how about -

- the shell-shocked marine (by don mccullin?)
- the lennon/yoko ono portrait by annie leibowitz (I think)

two very different images.

There is also a really moving Tom Stoddart b/w image of a confused young boy being lifted onto a bus leaving sarajevo by his tearful mother - I've always loved that image. He also shot the image of the boy in africa on all fours watching pitifully as a man walks away with the food meant for him (the boy) - very powerful, and I think, full of hidden meaning.


UserRemoved 14 4.2k
10 Apr 2006 3:48AM
Have a look at the Rocky Mountain News photo of the flag draped US coffin being loaded onto a plane - should be ok for kids that age to talk about. I remember being very politicised at that age but that might have to do with the area I grew up.
The shot of the little Afgan girl is pretty iconic.
The Vietnamese one of the girl with the burns etc etc.

For current stuff have a look through the World Press Awards photos (web search should throw them up)
Some of the Magnum photo essays (again web search should do it) have some good compelling stuff but some a bit graphic.

Not all thought provoking images are war and conflict ones, there were some good ones from the special olympics that really touched.

Also dont forget to look closer to home, have a look at local press photos to see if there are any there on contentious local issues or indeed if the photos provoke any further thought and if not why not?
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
10 Apr 2006 4:08AM
Some of [link=ivizlab.sfu.ca/arya/Gallery/Photos/index.html] these [/link] perhaps. Put the arrow on each photograph for a description.
u08mcb 14 5.8k
10 Apr 2006 4:10AM
Tom Stoddart has taken some pretty thought provoking shots. His Polio boy as mentioned above is powerful, as are his photos of aids infected people in the 3rd world.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Apr 2006 6:31AM
This provoked more discussion that I thoughti it would. May not be what your looking for but it might spark a subject. PAul
janehewitt 14 215 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2006 7:09AM
I really appreciate your time everyone, will follow the links provided and let you know how I get on back at school! Paul, could I have permission to use your photo in school, it would be on an Interactive whiteboard? Thanks Michael that's a great site, I have used one or two of these photos but it's great to have them all in one place. Joe I've looked for World Press awards and at the end of the 2004 awards is the most amazing photo ever! I've seen it before in a magazine but have just downloaded it, its a disabled swimmer just diving into the water with his legs on the side, amazing, thanks again everyone now I know where to come for lesson plans.Jane
deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2006 7:18AM
janehewitt 14 215 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2006 7:23AM
Thanks David, just had a look amazing story, isn't photography a powerful tool? Jane
Tacobumpy 16 58
10 Apr 2006 8:50AM

How about any of the images here? Some taken by one of my favourite photographers. All of these caused some controversy in their time. Blimey, was Toscani's reign at Benetton really that long ago!
janehewitt 14 215 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2006 10:19AM
Thanks again everyone for helping out on this I've followed all of the links and some of the shots are stunning. jane

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