On Taking Pictures

A card deck for critically studying photographs.

On Taking Pictures is a deck of cards for critically studying photographs. Grounded in community-driven imaging practices and anti-imperial studies, the cards translate a myriad of photography theories into scaffolded prompts printed as tactile viewfinders. Through using these cards to study photographs of their own choosing, participants develop a skillset in noticing relationships that make our photographs possible, and practice discerning documentary practices rooted in care and divested from exploitation.

  • Written, designed, and hand-assembled by Katie Giritlian
  • Spring 2024
  • We are continually learning and unlearning the language of these cards, and imagine future iterations.


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