Visualizing the Environmental Emergency – Empathy and Connection in Environmental Storytelling

Virtual event


February 23, 2022
15:00–16:15PM GMT

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Photo by Mattia Marzorati
The current global coverage of the environmental emergency and the climate crisis consists mostly of single images, often related to environmental photography. How can contemporary photography use its visual power to create stories that trigger empathy, closeness and connectedness, and inspire people to act?
The Anthropocene has radically and dangerously changed the relationship between humans and nature. This is forcing us to review the way we live our lives, and redress the negative impacts. Everyone is asked to do their bit in order to reduce their planetary footprint and live a more sustainable life. 
How can contemporary photography have an important role in defining, inspiring and touching people’s emotions towards this goal? Are we asking too much of photographers, or do they have a responsibility in environmental storytelling? Now more than ever we need people to feel connected with nature, the issues, and other people across the planet. We need to understand how contemporary photography can have a very important role. 
This event features Maria Teresa Salvati and Mattia Marzorati, and is moderated by Dr Paul Lowe.
This event is supported by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and Everything is Connected

Mattia Marzorati

Mattia Marzorati studied photography at La Ampliadora in Granada and photojournalism at EFTI in Madrid. His photographic work mainly focuses on social issues, migrations and the impact of human activities on the environment and he has published on Newsweek, L’Espresso, Internazionale, El País, National Geographic, Vogue, The British Journal of Photography, among others.

Maria Teresa Salvati

Maria Teresa Salvati is founder and director of Everything is Connected, a trans-disciplinary platform that aims at connecting different areas of research, and experiments with new ways to involve and engage the public at large, learning through the results of experimentation and providing the community with new paradigms for communicating the environmental crisis.

Paul Lowe

, London
Dr. Paul Lowe is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, UK. Paul is an award-winning photographer who has been published in TIME, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, and The Independent, amongst others. He has covered breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the destruction of Grozny.
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