Ethics

Due to the laws around photography it is with in my best interest to generate a code of ethics to work by professionally as a photographer.

  1. Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects.
  2. Resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities.
  3. Be complete and provide context when photographing or recording subjects. Avoid stereotyping individuals and groups. Recognize and work to avoid presenting one’s own biases in the work.
  4. Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see.
  5. While photographing subjects do not intentionally contribute to, alter, or seek to alter or influence events.
  6. Editing should maintain the integrity of the photographic images’ content and context. Do not manipulate images or add or alter sound in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects.
  7. Do not pay sources or subjects or reward them materially for information or participation.
  8. Do not accept gifts, favors, or compensation from those who might seek to influence coverage.
  9. Do not intentionally sabotage the efforts of other journalists.

The code of ethics above belongs to the NPPA, it suggests that photographers must give the up most respect to peoples privacy. In order to come up with my own code of ethics, I must ask myself an important question. Is this ethical? In order to answer this question, I must answer these.

  1. In what way can I show respect for a person’s right to decline or consent to photography? How do I handle informed consent?
  2.  Am I creating and using photos in a manner that will do no harm to persons appearing in photos?
  3.  What is my intention or purpose for taking this photo? How can I use a photo to promote a good cause while ensuring that I do no harm to individuals in photos?
  4.  Am I using photos in a context that fairly represents the real situation, subject identity, or physical location of the image? What steps am I taking to properly credit the photographer?
  5.  Am I photographing people and communities with the same respect I would show to neighbors and strangers in my home country?

Asking these questions, this is what I came up with in terms of ethics. This is based off the NPPA code of ethics as a guideline.

  1. Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects.
  2. Resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities.
  3. Respect the integrity of the photographic moment.
  4. Be complete and provide context when photographing or recording subjects.
  5. Avoid stereotyping individuals and groups.
  6. Treat all subjects with respect and dignity.
  7. Be unobtrusive and humble in dealing with subjects.
  8. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy.
  9. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see it.
  10. Do not pay sources or subjects or reward them materially for information or participation.
  11. Do not accept gifts, favors, or compensation from those who might seek to influence coverage.
  12. Defend the rights of access for all photographers and journalists.
  13. Avoid political, civic and business involvements or other employment that compromise or give the appearance of compromising my own independence.
  14. Do not manipulate images in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects.
  15. Strive by example and influence to maintain the spirit and high standards expressed in this code.

 

 

 

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