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Writers Against Racism: Photos that changed the world by Jonathan Klein (via TED)

Here’s yet another powerful TED video which could easily be incorporated into an advanced, upper school class lesson on the Power of Images. Below are a few questions for students to discuss after viewing:

1) Can images change the world? Provide examples from your own online research beginning > here.
2) Do you believe it’s the image, or the event that causes people to react? Let’s discuss…
3) Since the beginning of photography, images have forced change to happen. Let’s research the history of photography.
4) When have we seen in current times, a photo that caused people to react?
5) Read the following NYT Opinion article Liberation From Auschwitz by Samuel Pisar, a holocaust survivor. Why does Klein refer to Pisar’s mention of a moral compass?
6) How do images become the voices of protest? Do you think that is the photographer’s intent?
7)  "We can look away, or we can address the image." Discuss this quote.
8) Eugene RichardsWAR IS PERSONAL (Research & Discuss)
9) Ansel Adams: "You don’t take a photo you make it." Who is Adams and what does he mean by this statement? Do you agree with him?
10) What image has left an impression on you? Why did Klein close his 6-minute talk with that one photo in his office? Let’s conduct some research and see if we can find out who and why that photo is important to him.


  1. What he left out is the ability of images to be taken out of context in order to promote a slanted point of view. He showed several examples, but did not identify them as such.

  2. Amy Bowllan says:

    Fred, that’s a good point, and certainly one I should have mentioned in my class today. Thank you for the comment.