Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Be A Human Being First, A Photographer Second

Yesterday I posted a link to an article about a man who was pushed onto subway tracks by another man in New York City, and especially about the New York Post's decision to publish a photo of a man (the man who had been pushed) just as he was about to be killed.

Today much of America is talking about the person who took the photograph.  Most people are condemning his actions, although he has been given the opportunity to try to explain why he did what he did. 

Many times, when I see a photo of someone suffering or people suffering in a remote part of the world, I wonder about the motives of the photographer to take the photo and my own motives to look at it.

1) How do you feel about this photographer?

2) Do you think that "news" photographers around the world serve an important purpose or do you feel they are making a living from other people's suffering?

3)  Do you believe the photographer's excuse, in the above story, that he was too far away from the person to help him, so all he could do was take a photo?

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