An Open Letter to Olivia Arthur. President of Magnum Photos. — duckrabbit

Dear Olivia, I’m writing to you following the statement that you made after the Magnum Photos archive was taken offline...

I’m writing to you following the statement that you made after the Magnum Photos archive was taken offline as a result of allegations that Magnum have been selling indecent images of children. First reported by Andy Day on August 6th and followed up here and here.

Magnum’s Problems are Bigger than David Alan Harvey

Yesterday the Magnum Photo Agency announced that it was suspending long time member David Alan Harvey while it investigates a specific allegation of sexual harassment. This comes on the tail of sev…

If Magnum really represents the best that photojournalism has to offer, it’s no longer enough to just demonstrate that photographically, it also has to demonstrate it in terms of it’s structures, practices and ethics.

The Photo Bill of Rights - PhotoShelter Blog

PhotoShelter's Caitlyn Edwards interviews co-authors Jai Lennard, Jovelle Tamayo and Tara Pixley to discuss the Photo Bill of Rights.

Recently I had the opportunity to virtually sit down with three of the co-authors of the Bill: Jai Lennard, photographer and founder of Color Positive; Jovelle Tamayo, photojournalist and founding member of Authority Collective; and fellow Authority Collective co-Founder, visual journalist and media scholar Tara Pixley to discuss the Bill.
Categorized as Ethics

Yunghi Kim: "Is agreeing NOT to show a person’s face against the ethics of journalism?" - PhotoShelter Blog

Editor’s note: Veteran photojournalist Yunghi Kim (@yunghi) sent me the following thoughts after the publication of my article about the ethics of showing protestors’ faces. My professional perspective is that there is a problem with the Poynter piece “Ph

A journalist’s job is to report and inform, not report and withhold or alter. People in a public space have no expectation of privacy nor should they. Nor should we as photojournalists get into the murkiness of negotiating or agreeing to shield IDs in a public space.

Photographers are being called on to stop showing protesters’ faces. Should they? - Poynter

For many, the argument is about rights vs. responsibilities. Journalists have a clear legal right to document faces. The question at hand is how and when.

Legally, there’s no question — when protesters are in public spaces engaged in newsworthy activity, visual journalists are well within their rights to document them. But protesters fear potential retaliation when images become public.
Categorized as Ethics

Documenting a Protest Has Never Been More Challenging - Reading The Pictures

This week has been unusually difficult for photographers who are trying to cover the George Floyd protests. Essay and images by photographer Alan Chin.

In a recent Facebook post, New York Times writer David Gonzalez confronted photojournalists who make photographs of protests. “Fotogs: What do you value?” he asked. “Now is not a good time to start handicapping which image of Black suffering will get a Pulitzer. Especially when your POC [people of color] colleagues are worried about their families, lives and community.” Veteran photographer Joseph Rodriguez suggested in response to the post that photographers are making the “same ol’ same ol’ images of death, disease, poverty, violence. It is the DNA of several news photo contests.”