[ethics in photography]

Friday, March 19, 2010 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 4:30pm

 [ethics in photography]

Friday, March 19 
Richard White Lecture Hall 
Screening of Stranger with a Camera 
Producer and Director: Elizabeth Barret (Appalshop, 58 minutes, 2000) 
Recommended viewing; it raises many of the questions that the panel will pursue. The director Elizabeth Barret will be on the Saturday morning panel.

Saturday, March 20 
Richard White Lecture Hall 
Morning Panel

Free and open to the general public 
Elizabeth Barret, Documentary Filmmaker, Appalshop, Whitesburg, Kentucky 
Corinne Dufka, Senior Researcher, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch and former Photojournalist, Reuters 
Wendy Ewald, Senior Associate in Research, Center for Documentary Studies and Duke University Center for International Studies and Visiting Artist, Amherst College 
Bonnie Jo Mount, Senior Photography Editor, The Washington Post 
Gilles Peress, Professor of Human Rights and Photography, Bard College 
Moderator: Thomas Keenan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College 

Morning panel is free and open to the general public 

About [ethics in photography]

  • Photography and film-making are increasingly integrated into many aspects of a student’s academic life.  Even two decades ago, visual images of others were for private or small group viewing.  This is no longer the case. We now have cell phone cameras, Facebook, blogging and other means of communicating images to a wide audience in a very short time.  Many of these images find second lives, being shared in ever-widening networks or, even, picked up by news outlets.  And this dramatic technical change raises questions that are not part of most students’ thinking.  Now is the moment, when with the many service-learning projects and increased funding for undergraduate research at Duke and other schools, to examine what it means to take, own and share a photograph.

The workshop has a single objective: to get Duke and other students thinking about their responsibilities in taking a photograph when they are participating in a service-learning program or carrying out their own research.

We have brought to Duke a number of leading photographers and a photography editor to reflect on their ideas of responsibility when they take or use a photograph of another human being.  The morning panel will be moderated and will allow for questions.

Following lunch, students who have registered will gather in their assigned small groups to think through issues raised by the morning’s panelists.  A local photographer will help moderate each group.  The groups are not expected to report out.

One week in advance a very brief case will be placed on the DUCIS website for the workshop.  The panelists will receive the case and be asked to comment from their experiences.

"Ethics in Photography" is a collaboration of the Duke University Center for International Studies, DukeEngage, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Office of Research Support.



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