Assignment 2 – Exploitation

“You will prepare a short illustrated talk that investigates the working practices of your given practitioners.
This project enables you to see, research and explore the work of a wide range of photographers/artists
and to consider links between their numerous bodies of work.”

An obvious stating point is to look at the definition of the word Exploitation taken from the Oxford English Dictionary :


  • 1 [mass noun] the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work: the exploitation of migrant workers
  • 2 the action of making use of and benefiting from resources: the Bronze Age saw exploitation of gold deposits
  • the fact of making use of a situation to gain unfair advantage for oneself: the Government’s exploitation of the fear of crime

I am going to be looking at the following artists/photographers :

  • Sally Mann
  • Diane Arbus
  • Nan Goldin
  • Nicholas Nixon
  • Larry Clark
  • Elinor Carucci

I have been tasked to look at the word Exploitation and see if the work of the above photographers fits the definition or not. I will back these arguments up with my research and provide arguements and counter arguments to argue the case.

All of this is going to be collated into a 10 minute presentation that I will put together using power-point /




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