Jo-Anne McArthur and We Animals: Directing a Lens toward Animal Liberation

We, Animal Voices, are happy to present our interview with We Animals author and photojournalist, Jo-Anne McArthur. Her book is a powerful collection of photographs that illuminate the horrendous conditions of animals around the world who live as captives in zoos, farms, rodeos, and circuses. It also features the joyous faces of animals who were fortunate enough to be rescued and live out the rest of their natural lives in sanctuaries.

Jo-Anne shares with us her thoughts on the importance and roles of both above- and underground photography, creating an effective context for graphic images, deconstructing the hierarchy of species, and how to have difficult conversations about animal exploitation without reproducing cultural imperialism.

Jo-Anne and her photography were also featured in the movie “The Ghosts in our Machine”. You can check out our interview with Ghosts director Liz Marshall here. If you would like to use any of Jo-Anne’s images for a project or campaign, she has made them available for any individual or organization wishing to further advocate for animals and raise awareness about their suffering and exploitation, as long as the images are properly credited to Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals.

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