Ethics

Photographer Antonin Kratochvil resigns from VII photo agency amid harassment allegations – Vox

Amid sexual harassment allegations, a legendary photographer just resigned from a prestigious — and troubled — agency. But the industry’s reckoning is woefully incomplete.

Kratochvil Resigns from VII over Sexual Assault Allegations | PDNPulse

Photojournalist Antonin Kratochvil has resigned from VII, weeks after a July 16 article in Columbia Journalism Review reported that he sexually assaulted one female member of the agency and was abusive to others. The agency announced the resignation on its website September 3 without offering any details.

In Nia Wilson murder, an urgent social media lesson – Columbia Journalism Review

DAYS AFTER NIA WILSON, age 18, was murdered at the MacArthur BART stop in Oakland, protesters marched to the offices of KTVU, the Bay Area’s local FOX affiliate. The group sought retribution for an editorial decision made in KVTU’s coverage: in a segment that aired a day after Wilson’s death, an image pulled from her Facebook account showed her holding what appeared to be—but likely wasn’t—a gun. “I immediately felt there was something wrong,” Richard Koci Hernandez, a longtime Oakland resident and an associate professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, says of the report. “But it’s not a new phenomenon, if you’re paying attention to images.”

When We See Photographs of Some Dead Bodies and Not Others – The New York Times

When it’s common practice to publish photographs of war casualties from other countries but not to publish photographs of war casualties from the United States, then the very fact of visual access to the dead marks them as “other.” Likewise, if the refusal to publish images of dead American service members is a sign of respect, then the willingness to publish photographs of other people’s dead bodies can be read as a sign of disrespect. Publishing some images while suppressing others sends the message that the visible bodies are somehow less consequential than the bodies granted the privilege of privacy. Whenever I see a photograph of a dead body in the media, I take a screenshot of the image. It’s my informal attempt to keep track of whose bodies are shown and whose are hidden. For years, among the hundreds of images I saved, none showed an American soldier. My screenshots also didn’t show bodies belonging to American civilians. But then, in 2014, Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, and a photograph of Brown’s body appeared on the front page of The New York Times.

Eddie Adams Workshop Announces New Sexual Harassment Reporting Policy | PDNPulse

The organizers of the Eddie Adams Workshop (EAW) today announced they will work with anti-harassment experts and others to institute more safeguards against sexual harassment, create new procedures for handling reports of harassment, and do more to raise awareness about the EAW’s “zero-tolerance policy” for sexual misconduct. EAW’s announcement, posted today on the EAW website and emailed to EAW faculty and advisors, comes a week after Columbia Journalism Review reported that six past EAW attendees had witnessed or experienced “inappropriate behavior from photographers and editors participating in the workshop as instructors.”

CJR’s Sexual Harassment Report: It’s as Much about Photo-j Culture as the Predators | PDNPulse

The report on sexual harassment in photojournalism published last week in the Columbia Journalism Review shows that not much has changed in the year since PDN reported several women photographers’ accounts of sexual harassment in newsrooms and at industry events. It’s also been eight months since Bill Frakes lost his appeal in a sexual harassment case, seven months since Patrick Witty left National Geographic following an external investigation into allegations he had sexual harassed several women, five months since photographers Daniel Sircar and Justin Cook wrote an open letter calling on photo industry organizations to establish clear codes of conduct and ban anyone who makes industry events unsafe, and four months since we reported Prime Collective had dropped Christian Rodriguez following numerous allegations about his conduct towards women. A lot more people are talking openly about sexual harassment, some alleged predators have been dropped from their agencies or lost their jobs, but the CJR piece also shows that photojournalism has been resistant to the systemic changes it needs.

Alessio Mamo’s Photos are Abhorrent, And So Is World Press Photo’s Response – PhotoShelter Blog

On Sunday, WPP award-winner Alessio Mamo posted a conceptual portrait series entitled “Dreaming Food” with poverty-stricken children in India posed in front of plastic food.

Meet Jonathan Albright, The Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News | WIRED

Buried in media scholar Jonathan Albright’s research was proof of a massive political misinformation campaign. Now he’s taking on the the world’s biggest platforms before it’s too late.

CJR Special Report: Photojournalism’s moment of reckoning – Columbia Journalism Review

In interviews with more than 50 people, in a CJR investigation spanning more than five months, photojournalists described behavior from editors and colleagues that ranged from assault to unwanted advances to comments on their appearance or bodies when they were trying to work. And now, as the #MeToo moment has prompted change across a range of industries—from Hollywood to broadcasting to the arts—photojournalists are calling for their own moment of reckoning.

Jeff Mermelstein is a F***ing Anthropologist

Jeff Mermelstein’s photographic practice of making presumably private text conversations public by photographing people’s phones while they are texting and then posting the results on Instagram has made a splash recently. Of course the highlight that ran in Business Insider was framed as a question in a PetaPixel article: is Mermelstein’s practice ethically sound?

News media paid Melania Trump thousands for use of photos in ‘positive stories only’

The first lady earned six figures from an agreement with Getty Images that paid royalties to the Trumps and mandated photos be used in positive coverage.

Getty deletes gallery of World Cup’s ‘sexiest fans’ after criticism | Football | The Guardian

Picture agency Getty has come under fire from campaigners and social media users after publishing, then deleting, a gallery of what it deemed the “sexiest” fans at the World Cup.

How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media – The New York Times

The pearl bracelet arrived in May 2014, in the spring of Ali Watkins’s senior year in college, a graduation gift from a man many years her senior. It was the sort of bauble that might imply something more deeply felt than friendship — but then again, might not.

Adobe Using AI to Spot Photoshopped Photos

Adobe’s software has been widely used for many years now as a tool to create fake photos, but now the company is developing software for the other side: it’s using AI to spot photo manipulations to aid in the war against fake photos.

On the Dangers of Poverty Tourism in Landscape Photography

My eyes are filled with tears, because of the smoke. The plastic-particles in the air are itching in my lungs. I am climbing this mountain with my two friends. The ground under my shoes feels funny. It softly cushions my steps, like fresh and loose soil, but I also tangle my feet every now and then. It is an awkward mass, this mountain of pressed trash. It consists of very different material and yet is an entity. A mountain of poison. Not only for the body, but also for the soul. And everywhere pigs! I think I have never seen so many pigs walking freely in the wild. Is that appropriate husbandry? I somehow start to understand, why some religions do resist to eat pork. If, by eating pigs, I eat what pigs ate, then abandoning might be a better choice.

Nobuyoshi Araki Accused of Abuse and Exploitation by Long-Time Model KaoRi | PDNPulse

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Nobuyoshi Araki’s long-time model KaoRi has publicly accused the renowned Japanese photographer of misleading her into working without a contract, distributing pictures of her around the world without her knowledge or consent, and failing to compensate her fairly for her time or for her her role in Araki’s work.

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