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<i>Documents and Dreams:</i> the power and influence of photography.

Visuals can be an influence for social change, but the ones that show real people — especially politically active, real people — don't get a lot of air time. I'm glad to see films like Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 in the big theatres, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I know there are other photographers and film-makers with more to show us, but they don't get wide exposure.

Currently a Vancouver-based arts collective, Narrative 360, is curating an exhibition called Documents and Dreams with the intent of “promoting discourse on the power and influence of documentary photography in our visual culture.” This show features contemporary documentary photography in Canada as practiced by 36 emerging and established photographers. Their debut show was in Vancouver and the show in Halifax opened this week.

John Donoghue is one of the photographers featured in the show. He is a member of the rabble community and has contributed photos to this site on several occasions, including a World Social Forum photo documentary. John recently photographed the protests surrounding the Republican National Convention, which can be seen in the slide show below.

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