The January Big Debate: To Shoot or not to Shoot....

After the previous success of debate sessions to kick off the new year in both 2012 and 2013, the big debate is back this year with a look at controversial decision making for photographers when faced with an ethical dilemma.

We welcome back our Chair Charlotte Griffiths to lead the discussion over the ethics of taking pictures, particularly in street or journalistic scenarios. A particular trigger to us wanting to cover this subject is the highly-charged news story of the 'Doomed Man' on the New York subway. Was the photographer ethically wrong or just doing his job?

Kevin Carter's photograph of a starving child in the Sudan being eyed up by a vulture may have won him a Pulitzer prize but was also thought to have contributed to his suicide.

On the panel we welcome back to CD street photographer Martin Bond, who gave us a great session in October about his A Cambridge Diary series, giving us an honest insight to some images he questions whether he should have taken at all, and Keith Hepple, long time photographer with the Cambridge News.

If you feel you have a particularly strong opinion or emotional response to this subject then we are potentially looking for more panel members.

 

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