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Aug 30, 2019

The Democratization Of Photography

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The Democratization Of Photography, a panel discussion around the new IGBoston Snapshot photo gallery took place at BSA Space with three established New England photographers on August 20.

Panelists spoke about their experiences and discussed the rise of social media and its impact on photography as a profession and creative outlet.


Lou Jones, Photographer

Bruce T. Martin, Fine Art Photographer

Sri Thumati, Architectural Photographer


Mic L. Angelo, Creative Director of IGBoston

Watch the video below, recorded by WGBH's Forum Network.

This discussion complements BSA Space's current exhibition, IGBoston Snapshot. The exhibition is a visual narrative of the IGBoston community, captured moment by moment. Designed as an Instagram feed, the exhibition illustrates how social media inspires the artists that contribute to it.

About the speakers

Lou Jones
Lou Jones specializes in location photography for corporate and editorial clients like Federal Express, Nike, National Geographic, and Aetna. He has completed assignments in 50 countries, photographing royalty and the third world, the sacred and profane.

With a lifelong passion for photojournalism and social documentary, Jones has worked with institutions like Amnesty International and the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, and has photographed many jazz legends like Miles Davis, 12 Olympic Games, and inmates on death row.

Jones’s work is included in collections at Smithsonian Institution, Decordova Museum, Gallery Saintonge, and the Center for Fine Art Photography.

Bruce T. Martin
Bruce T. Martin is an American fine art photographer who uses photography to document the world, explore perceptions, and question our viewpoints. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1977, he began working as a Historical Preservation photographer, using photography to help put endangered buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. His photographs are in a number of private and public collections and have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Central America. Today, along with exhibiting his fine art photography projects, he is an architectural photographer, making photographs for the nation's foremost architects, designers, and publications.

Sri Thumati
Sri Thumati is a freelance photographer and Cyanotype print maker. She has been working in the Boston area since 2003, having trained at the Maine Media Workshops and Rockport College for two years prior to that. Before coming to the United States in 2000, Sri had worked extensively as a freelance photographer in New Delhi, India.

After exploring many photo subjects over the years, Sri has settled into interior and architecture photography, which she has been doing for the past 6 years. She has photographed commercial properties such as restaurants, yoga studios, offices and banks; as well as research labs and residential properties. Her primary clients are architects and construction companies.

Sri balances her digital photography projects with alternative and traditional photography methods. This has led her to pursue creative crafting using the Cyanotype method. Having a sense of spacial experience through her photography, she currently makes lampshades that could add a little character to any space. These are one-of-a-kind creations and Sri is working on expanding to more home decor crafts such as pillow covers and curtains.

Sri is constantly looking for challenging ways to improve and expand on her knowledge of photography and the creative arts.