Personal note: I hope you are moved in some way by the photographs on this website.
I take my responsibility as a concerned photographer very seriously. I eschew the concept of objectivity; photojournalism should present truth. Great journalists like John Reed and photojournalists like Robert Capa told the truth, and did not worry about being “objective.” The trend toward “objective” journalism, where both sides must be represented, where the truth must be counterbalanced by the untruth has no place in a just society, especially when corporate propaganda already dominates so much of the media.
As the late photographer Milton Rogovin stated, “The rich have their own photographers.”
The work depicted on this website is a small representation of over four decades of my photography. Langelle Photography is an on-going project. I will add material as I go through my work, cataloguing and archiving. My photographs are not only historical documentation of peoples’ struggles, but also present a sociological and anthropological record of what I have seen.
In my travels on this planet, I have seen a lot. I have witnessed the beauty of this Earth and the efforts of many peoples striving for justice, and I have seen the ugliness of the abuse of people and the land—dictated by the greed of the power elite and those who serve them.
Photojournalists need to be outlaws at times, willing to break unjust laws if that is what it takes to get to the truth.
Yes, photojournalism should present truth. Striving for truth is a great motivator.
-Orin Langelle, revised 25 April 2014
Orin Langelle is a concerned photographer, who for four decades has been documenting social and environmental struggles.
Since 1972 Langelle has documented peoples’ resistance to war, corporate globalization, ecological destruction and human rights abuses. These have included:
• His first photographic assignment was to cover the protests against the Vietnam War at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach
• From 1982 to 1985, Langelle ran his own commercial photography studio in Saint Louis, Missouri and freelanced for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine and other publications
• He has worked behind rebel lines to document the struggle of the EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) in Mexico. He also co-produced the film “Lacandona: The Zapatistas and Rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico” to expose the links between the destruction of the resource-rich Lacandon rainforest and the conflict of the government and the Zapatistas
• Langelle documented land occupations by the Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST) and indigenous Tupinikim and Guarani communities in Brazil
• He has photographed the primeval forests and Indigenous Mayangna and Miskito communities of Nicaragua
• Langelle has also covered the struggles of Indigenous Peoples for autonomy and land rights, including the Mapuche in Chile, the Abenaki in Vermont, the Ayoreo in Paraguay, the Maya and other Indigenous Peoples of the Lacandon jungle in Chiapas, Mexico, the Cree and Inuit of James Bay, Quebec, and the Indigenous Peoples of Indonesia and Kenya
• He has documented forest protection campaigns since 1987 from Illinois to Chile
• Langelle has photographed the efforts of activists and Indigenous Peoples for just outcomes at national and international fora including UN climate summits [Buenos Aires, Argentina 2004, Montreal, Canada 2005, Nairobi, Kenya 2006, Bali Indonesia 2007, Poznan, Poland 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009, Cancún, Mexico 2010, Durban, South 2011], the UN Biodiversity Conventions [Curitiba, Brazil 2006, Bonn, Germany 2008], World Bank meetings, the U.S. Democratic and Republican Conventions, the World Water Forum, the World Social Forum, and meetings of the G8 and G20
• Most recently Langelle has been covering the growing global movement for climate justice
Publications: Langelle’s photographs have appeared in numerous print and online publications including La Jornada, USA Today, Z Magazine, Race Poverty & the Environment, New Internationalist, Time Magazine, The Progressive, Christian Science Monitor, Earth Island Journal, Seedling, Radical Anthropology, Earth First! Journal, Climate Connections, World War 4 Report, Toward Freedom, UpsideDown World, plus several books. In 2010 his photographs illustrated the book covers of Learning from the Ground Up, Indigenous Knowledge And Learning In Asia/Pacific And Africa and Towards Climate Justice. He is currently working on a book project and exhibit, compiling his four decades of concerned photography.
Exhibits: Over the last decade his photography has been displayed in New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, Madison (WI), San Francisco, Santa Cruz (CA), Eugene (OR), Hinesburg, Burlington and Plainfield (VT), and Copenhagen, Denmark with three exhibits:
–“Corporate Globalization vs. Global Justice Guerrilla Photo Exhibit”
–“Corporate Globalization Vs Global Justice: Part II: The Struggle Continues”
–“Roadmap to Extinction: Are Humans Disappearing?”
• in 2009 his work was exhibited in the Ayoreo indigenous community, Campo Loro, in the Gran Chaco region of Paraguay. This exhibit was a result of an invitation by the Ayoreo Indigenous People to come into their territory to photograph and “share the eye” as the Ayoreo put it—Langelle was the only photographer invited by the Ayoreo in recent years to take photographs of their community and lands
• in May 2011, an exhibit of Langelle’s work in the area was in the indigenous community of Amador Hernandez, in the Lacandon jungle of Chiapas, Mexico. Langelle [again] was the first photographer to be invited by that community to take photographs in several years. Amador Hernandez is under imminent threat of forced relocation
• in 2011 there were two shows in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on the above Lacandon images. It was organized by Carbon Trade Watch
B.A. (Communications—Media Studies) Webster University, Webster Groves, MO 1978
Internship: Trained as a photojournalist at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan under Cornell Capa, brother to renowned war photographer Robert Capa. (1977-1978). Robert is a co-founder of Magnum Photo Agency
Professional affiliations: Langelle currently a member of the National Press Photographers Association – the NPPA Code of Ethics. For many years, Langelle was a member of the National Writers Union and the International Federation of Journalists.
Awards: In 1988 and 1989 Langelle received awards from Environmental Action Magazine for “…recognition of photographic excellence in exploring humanity’s effect on the earth and action to protect the environment.”
Artist of the Month: September 2013 featured in TheArtList.com
Artist in Residence: Blue Mountain Center, NY – Summer 2011
Feature on Orin Langelle’s Photography “Shutterbuggin” in Seven Days, Vermont’s Independent Voice.
Radio interview “Documenting reality, Wasaluna, concerned photography, and canoodling with carbon offset schemes” with Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann on the Kenn Morgan and Carl Thiel: THE BURNHAM AND DODGE ART HOUR. Kenn and Carl say, “Listen, learn and laugh as we talk about photography and art and anything loosely related to it. This show is best appreciated if you own a 3-D radio! To comment on anything you may hear on the BDAH, call 716-823-1750 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”