He championed devoted, unsung heros,
his photos angrily protest against war, misery and injustice.
With the increase in the importance of photography in our
society and the rapidly growing number of photographers,
the number of photo essays addressing social and environmental
issues has multiplied.
This evolution reveals that photographers
are conscious of their role and responsability. It also
demonstrates that photography is effective in capturing and
communicating social and environmental issues.
Photography is a small voice.
"… Much depends upon the viewer; in some,
photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to
thought. Someone - or perhaps many - among us may be influenced
to heed reason, to find a way to right that which is wrong,
and may even be inspired perhaps to the dedication needed
to search for the cure to an illness. The rest of us may
perhaps feel a greater sense of understanding and compassion
for those whose lives are alien to our own. Photography is
a small voice. It is an important voice in my life, but not
the only one. I believe in it . If it is well-conceived,
it sometimes works "
W. Eugene Smith