What Do You Think You’re Looking At? The Responsibility of the Gaze

  • Bill Barrett
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy book series (GCED)


Bill Barrett writes that the role of photography as an instrument for understanding human rights is worthy of exploration, with the aim of enhancing HRE in responsible, ethical ways. Media of visual communication can be used broadly, but students of human rights must critically examine the purpose, and potential consequences, of how images are used. His chapter outlines the key issues inherent to imagery in HRE, as well as resources for educators to use visual media for advancing human rights learning. It uses photographic case studies from the recent sites of conflict and human rights abuse, as well as his personal experiences as a documentary photographer, to investigate ethical issues and explore the possibilities for combining photographic expression with HRE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bill Barrett
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  1. 1.Department of Electronic and Photographic MediaWebster UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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