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Accolades for GSU Sociology Professor Deirdre Oakley’s “Social Shutter” Blog

GSU Professor Deirdre Oakley
GSU Professor Deirdre Oakley

In November 2010, GSU Sociology Professor Deirdre Oakley, with doctoral student Angie Luvara, launched Social Shutter, a weekly blog for photo essays “capturing community life through a camera lens.”  Still going strong – with 113 photo essays and 30,500+ visits – Social Shutter was recently featured in a CommonCreativATL article, and Professor Oakley has been invited to speak at the upcoming State Education Editors (SEE) Conference.

Using visual imagery to explore the social – or “visual sociology” – gained momentum in the turbulent 1960s.  Check out these recent studies using visual sociology to explore urban issues:


Also check out these books on visual research methods: