Panel Discussion | Shifting Sands: Conflict Photojournalism and Ethics
September 7, 2012 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography
featuring Marcus Bleasdale and Stephen Mayes
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6:30pm
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
What are the ethical responsibilities of a photojournalist who chooses to cover conflict? Can he or she be truly neutral, or do they have a responsibility to reflect the moral and political imbalances of the situations they report on?
Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2003
© Marcus Bleasdale/VII
The panel will explore the ethical pressures on photojournalists in conflict and will consider their accountability for the positions they take and the pictures they make, how they make them, where they place the work and the voice they attach to it. The discussion will consider the responsibilities and consequences, intended and otherwise, of reporting on conflict.
Marcus Bleasdale – Photographer, VII
Jason Cone – Communications Director, Doctors Without Borders USA
Philip Gourevitch – Journalist, The New Yorker
Thomas Keenan – Director of the Human Rights Project, Bard College
Kira Pollack – Director of Photography, Time Magazine
Stephen Mayes, Moderator – Managing Director, VII