Project Details

Understanding Photojournalism as Creative Social Action: Opening Up an Educational Space for Humanitarian World Views

Nature: The research explored the social responsibility of arts education in a context where photographic images have become an integral part of contemporary human visual experience. The research examined how two prominent Hong Kong-based photojournalists developed their capacity to bring forth visual stories of contemporary issues that might generate impact on students’ daily lives at personal, community, national and global levels. Significance: Documentary photography in Hong Kong witnesses a radical shift that have been happening in the field. The two participant-photojournalists exemplified the shift. Lam Yik Fei, as an image-maker, forms strategic collaborations with different agencies and brings forth visual awareness to social, environmental and human-related issues. Vincent Yu, as a storyteller, imparts greater truths by mixing art and reportage and demands viewers to ask questions of a deep, existential nature. Value: Arts teachers can help facilitate values education by deepening the integration of the elements of cognition, affection and action. Documentary photography expands the scope of our understanding of the interdependencies between humans and their environments. Arts teachers may bring impactful relational life perspectives to students. In its most hopeful form, arts education may have a significant social role to play in fostering love, care and solidarity in society.

Commencement Date : 2016/7
Completion Date : 2017/6
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr YIM, Kim Ping 嚴劍萍 [CCA]
Co-Investigator(s) : Mr WONG, Kai Yu 黃啓裕 [CCA]
Keyword(s) : Visual Culture   Art Education   Hong Kong Photographer   Care Ethics  





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