I don't like the word "activism." The people whom I admire most because they are facilitating change in this world would not identify themselves with the label activist, nor likely be pleased if someone else named them with that description. But this post is not about my reaction to and reflection on the word.
And in one instance it communicated a message well.
Today I saw Photography as Activism and the book's title immediately conveyed its topic and purpose. In fact, after doing some online research and concluding that the book is not cause-y or strident, I put in a request for it at Interlibrary Loan. Through reading the book, I am planning to learn how photography since its birth has been instrumental in social change.
Visual communication can be persuasive and convincing, often commanding thought and feeling followed by action. Sometimes the visual can communicate what words simply cannot. (I have written about the pictograph path, the use of visual communication here.) Photos are one method of visual communication, one with potentially strong and palpable influence.