17 years ago in 2003, Redeye published a guide to ethical photography. It covered subjects such as environmental destruction, ethics within organisations, and the conduct of photographers; but also noted that ethics seemed a particularly unfashionable subject at that moment. We were told that there was very little else in print at the time, and little had been published since the community and activist photography publications of the 1970s and 80s.
Now in 2020, ethics is firmly back on the table and there are calls for change. Are there things we can all do to make sure these calls are heard by the sector as a whole, and to prioritise what needs changing? Or is photography, perhaps like writing or film, so broad a discipline that it's too difficult to change? Meanwhile, what can individual photographers do to work more ethically?
For this event we are delighted to welcome Savannah Dodd, founding director of the Photography Ethics Centre, who will outline what she believes are the priority or most likely areas for change to the photo industry, before opening up to general discussion.
Savannah Dodd is a photographer and anthropologist. Her work in photography is heavily influenced by her background in anthropology, and she often combines the disciplines to produce visual ethnography. She places great importance on process, modes of access, and engagement with the people and places she photographs. Savannah combined her experience in anthropology with her passion for photography in 2017 when she founded the Photography Ethics Centre.
She earned her master's in anthropology and sociology at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva (2015) and her bachelor's in anthropology and religious studies at Washington University in St. Louis (2012). Prior to founding the Centre, she worked in the development sector for NGOs and IGOs in Switzerland, Uganda, and Thailand.
About Open Space:
This series of events encourage informal discussions around a specific topic or issue in photography. We will invite experts on each subject to begin each discussion but welcome any contributions or questions from the audience.
Who is it for?
This event is free to attend and open to anyone interested in photography and ethics, whether you would like to contribute to the discussion or listen in.
This event will take place from 6pm on Tuesday the 29th September, and will last until approx 7:30pm.
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