Critical Media Literacy

Engaging Media and Transforming Education

Institutes, Museums, Research Groups and More!

Altered Images
Exhibition of disputed images in photojournalism and documentary photography, with photos that have been faked, posed, or manipulated, representing over 150 years of such images. From the Bronx Documentary Center.

Center for Media and Social Impact, CMSI. 
Innovation research center and lab that creates, studies and showcases media for social impact; at the School of Communication of American University.

Docs Teach.
The online tool for educators to teach with documents, from the National Archives. Access primary sources, borrow activities, and create your own activities.

Gulf Photo Plus.
Dubai's center for photography. 

The International Center of Photography
From the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture.

Majority World Photo Agency.
Working with photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to gain unique insights into local cultures, environments and development issues. This is an an initiative of Drik, a picture library based in Bangladesh.

NASA Image and Video Library.
Search and view images, audio and video images and files of space and the environment, from the NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Visual Thinking Strategies.
Educational non-profit that trains educators in schools, museums, and institutions of higher education to use a student-centered facilitation method to create inclusive discussions. 

World Press Photo Foundation.
Independent, nonprofit group in Amsterdam formed to support global photojournalism. Runs an international annual photojournalism competition.

Zone Zero: Photographic Convergence.
A Pedro Meyer Foundation's Project. Bilingual in Spanish & English. Collection of photography and essays about photography from around the world. 


Source: International Center of Photography

Publications of All Kinds

These three pictures make a powerful statement about race and power among women (Sarah A. Harvard, Mic, May 16, 2017)

This Is What You See When
A Photographer Takes The Same Photo From a Different Angle

(Micky Wren, Atchuup! Cool Stories Daily

(Reuters Graphics, Dec. 31, 2019)

A plate of plastic

Online Courses for Free

Seeing Through Photographs, from MoMA. This course aims to address the gap between seeing and truly understanding photographs by introducing a diversity of ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform their making. Look closely at 100 photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, going behind the scenes of the Museum, into artist studios through original films and audio interviews, describing a variety of perspectives on the ways photography has been used in its 180-year history.

Collections: Lessons, Podcasts, & Videos

  • Photo Ethics. The Photography Ethics Centre is dedicated to raising awareness about ethics and promoting ethical literacy across the photography industry through podcasts, online training, guest speaking, and interactive workshops.

  • So a Monkey and a Horse Walk Into a Bar (This American Life, Nov 10, 2017, 58:44 mins.). About copyright for a monkey's selfie.



Gerrymandering Fonts (UglyGerry)

Mapping My World & Community
(Critical Media Project, 5:35 mins. video
with teaching instructions & student examples)

Books About Maps

Types of Interactive Maps