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Communicating the Environment Beyond Photography


Michelle I. Seelig

Communicating the Environment Beyond Photography is a modern look at how photographers visualize what is happening to people and places on a changing planet. Michelle I. Seelig draws attention to what compels photographers to focus on these important messages, what tools they are using to advocate for just causes, and how photographers engage directly with citizens in a meaningful conversation beyond the photograph. Photographers continue to document the land and nature as they always have; however, today they use all media to advocate wide-ranging environmental concerns. Photographers, filmmakers, and environmentalists engage the public with visual and technologically driven content that is both affordable and portable, allowing advocacy to transcend boundaries in the global community previously overlooked by traditional media. This innovative book showcases strategies practiced by photographers, environmentalists, and advocacy groups in the twenty-first century and will serve as inspiration for future advocates of environmental issues and other important and just causes. Accessible and user-friendly, Communicating the Environment Beyond Photography is a must-read for both future photographers and individuals interested in communicating and advocating for environmental and social change.
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There are several people I need and want to thank for their contributions, support, and encouragement while writing this book over the last three years.

A huge thanks to my students for allowing me to ramble on about this stuff in class and being an inspiring source in general.

Many thanks to the University of Miami, School of Communication for funds partly in support of this project.

Thank you to my colleagues at the University of Miami for their support and kindness throughout this process.

I owe sincere thanks to Dr. Diane M. Millette, for her motivation, common sense, support, and friendship, not to mention suggestions with this research. Latte’s on me!

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