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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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  • Omar P.

    Inspiring debate. I wrote some notes about it here: http://wp.me/p3eS60-23t Looking forward for the next meeting! :-)

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry that I could not make this, last minute change of plans but I really hope that I can attend one soon as this would of been my first meet here.

    January 31, 2014

  • Sue M.

    Thanks for organising yesterday evening. I thought it was really interesting and informative, My first visit to Cambridge darkroom and I am impressed.

    January 31, 2014

  • Maria S.

    Great debate, I enjoyed it a lot! Looking forward to the next meetup!

    January 31, 2014

  • Julia

    A very interesting discussion - thank you.

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the debate tonight - that was good fun ^_^

    January 30, 2014

  • Tom I.

    Sorry to bail last minute, I've got guests coming tonight, will be at the next one though :)

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have to work quite late tomorrow night. But hope to soon take part in an upcoming event!

    January 29, 2014

  • Sue M.

    Should be there with my better half Alan. My first meet up - looking forward to it

    January 29, 2014

  • helena g a.

    am coming ..

    January 29, 2014

  • Roseanne

    Great, looking forward to the meeting

    January 29, 2014

  • Tim H.

    Sorry to have to drop out at the last minute -- don't think I can get away from work in time this month.

    January 29, 2014

  • Shhk_99@yahoo.com

    Will be there

    January 7, 2014

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