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ERIC Number: ED377016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 9
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A Second Look: Photography as an Experiential and Therapeutic Tool.
Fisk, David L.
This paper reflects on the motivations for doing photography and examines the therapeutic use of photography with various populations. The paper provides an account of how one person was trained as a teacher in the early 1970s but could not find work. He moved into and then out of social work with the elderly in Chicago. Having learned photography skills for administrative purposes, he later returned to photograph his former elderly clients and was struck by the way that the process of taking a picture deepened the interpersonal relationship and commitment between photographer and subject. A literature search on the therapeutic side of photography yielded scant results. The materials found involved using photography in family therapy and covered the following: (1) benefits of photography for disabled children, including opportunities to explore the sensory world and make sense of one's own body and environment; (2) improvement in self-concept and psychological patterns of incarcerated juvenile delinquents after a 5-week photography experience; (3) use of photography to overcome social breakdown syndrome and promote self-esteem and self-reliance in the elderly; (4) use of photography to promote social skills development in children with emotional and behavior disorders; and (5) use of photographs and "photo sculpting" in family therapy. But these did not cover how to create photographs that "reverberate" long after they are viewed. Suggestions for the best way to proceed are requested. An annotated bibliography contains 21 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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