The question of photographers’ responsibility to their subjects has long been debated throughout the history of the medium.
On May 12, we will discuss the relationship, motives and nuances between the image-producer and subject through presentations by photographers who have documented communities other than their own. The conversation will address some of the following questions: is collaboration between photographer and subject possible? Is there a “right/wrong” way to document other communities? Is there such a thing as an objective image? How can exploitation be avoided? How can subjects be empowered through images?
Community Discussion: The Ethics of Photography is presented in conjunction with Newspace Center for Photography's current exhibition, Prison Obscura, about the U.S. prison industrial complex, and the current exhibition at the OJMCHE of work by lifelong photojournalist Ruth Gruber which is on loan from the International Center of Photography.