Photos have long been regarded as “truth,” but in the past 40 years or so, that dialogue has changed. The rise of digital technology has allowed the general public to become documenters, storytellers, and liars. Photojournalism, the visual storytelling mechanism of using imagery to convey/support a story, has become increasingly intertwined with these changes.
In the below Ignite-style presentation, I discuss the complex history of photojournalism and how modern technology and society became a catalyst for the need for evolving ethics regarding this topic. When are things ethical and when are they simply a matter of personal taste? Is even being a photojournalist ethical considering the subjects they photograph do not profit or directly benefit from the sharing of their stories? These are the questions I strive to create engaged discussion around.
This presentation is the first part of my research and discovery process. Please check back in the coming weeks for the full report.
Sources Used in Presentation:
Bersak, D. R. (2006). Ethics in photojournalism: past, present, and future (Doctoral dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Gitner, S. (2015). Multimedia storytelling for digital communicators in a multiplatform world. New York: Routledge.
Lester, P. M. (2015). Photojournalism: An ethical approach. Routledge.
Mallonee, L. (2017, November 17). Infamously Altered Photos, Before and After Their Edits. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/2015/07/bronx-documentary-center-infamously-altered-photos-edits/
Newton, J. (2013). The burden of visual truth: The role of photojournalism in mediating reality. Routledge.
Ritchin, F. (1985). The Future of Photojournalism. Aperture, (100), 42-50. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.libraryproxy.quinnipiac.edu/stable/24472005
Walter, E., Gioglio, J., & Roam, D. (2014). The power of visual storytelling: how to use visuals, videos, and social media to market your brand. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.