Positive Activism is intended as a space for me to share my thoughts on photography and the ways that it can be used to highlight injustice and effect change. I will use the blog to delve deeper into my previous projects, discussing the way that they were made and how they have used as a part of larger advocacy campaigns.
I also want to profile the work of other photographers in the same field and look at how and why their work has been effective.
Thom Pierce (born 1978 in Jersey, Channel Islands) is a British photographer, currently working out of Cape Town.
His work explores the line between documentary, art and portrait photography to engage with environmental and humanitarian issues, through photographic essays, installations and exhibitions.
At the heart of his work is the simple objective to take critically important issues and make them accessible and understandable, to engage a global audience.
He collaborates with NGO's, academic institutions, journalists and advocacy organisations - all experts in their field - to approach issues from a position of expertise and knowledge. He splits his time between personal projects, editorial commissions and working on social justice campaigns.
His work has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and books, and has featured as part of several human rights campaigns. A collection of his work can be found in the permanent collection of the South African National Gallery.
He is a recipient of the 2016 CAP prize for contemporary African photography and in 2017 he was chosen as a finalist in the Magnum Photographic Awards and selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Find a full bio and list of credits here.