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Community Discussion: The Ethics of Photography

May 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Speakers: Steve Davis | Emily Fitzgerald | Jim Lommasson| Beth Nakamura

The question of photographers’ responsibility to their subjects has long been debated throughout the history of the medium. On May 12, we will discuss the relationship, motives and nuances between the image-producer and subject through presentations by photographers who have documented communities other than their own. The conversation will address some of the following questions: is collaboration between photographer and subject possible? Is there a “right/wrong” way to document other communities? Is there such a thing as an objective image? How can exploitation be avoided? How can subjects be empowered through images?

The Community Discussion The Ethics of Photography is presented in conjunction with Newspace’s current exhibition, Prison Obscura, about the U.S. prison industrial complex; the current exhibition at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education of work by lifelong photojournalist Ruth Gruber on loan from the International Center of Photography; and ASSEMBLY: A Co-Authored Social Practice Conference hosted by the PSU Art & Social Practice MFA Program.

Location: Newspace (1632 SE 10th Ave).



May 12, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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