Aggelos Kalodoukas, photographer:
“The art of photography and migration”


Aggelos Kaloudoukas, a photographer with great experience in covering refugees’ issues, has gain expertise in taking photos of people in dire conditions. In his work he has dealt with issues such as the need to respect cultural / ethical differences, possible confrontations with the authorities (police etc.), the difficulty of getting the necessary permits from the authorities for taking photos, the difficulty of obtaining the consent of the person to be photographed and the particular ethical issues associated with taking photos of children. During the workshop he organized in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, on Tuesday October 22 2019, we discussed many issues, such as how his overall work is influenced by the purpose of the shooting or/and the use of the photographs (e.g. taking photos for a journalistic report, record of a situation on behalf of an NGO, personal choice, etc.); whether the people photographed expect something from him or the photos he publishes (e.g. introducing their situation to the wider public, improvement of their living conditions, etc.); about the limits of showing a tragic reality  in the frame of a photo; about the role of the viewer of a photo (as the photo itself – e.g. the garbage in the camps – may produce different reaction from the ones who look at them according to their preconceived notions/ideas?); about whether it helps or damages refugees and migrants.

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