Lecture Series on Ethical Literacy, Part 1: Photography Ethics–What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

October 3, 2023
10:00–11:00AM EDT
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Fresh graves of servicemen who died defending Ukraine from Russian invaders are seen at the cemetery of Bucha, Kyiv Region. Photo by Franco Pagetti

In October, VII Insider is hosting a three-week public lecture series on ethical literacy. When discussing photography ethics, we are talking about applying concepts like responsibility, power, and dignity to how to take and share photographs.

Each session will explore what photography ethics is, why photography ethics matters, and how you can apply photography ethics to your practice. We will look at case studies, share experiences, and reflect on the ethical decision-making process of photographers and photo-editors. 

Lecture 1: Photography Ethics–What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
What do we mean when we use the phrase “photography ethics”? Rather than approaching photography ethics in binary terms, Savannah Dodd will in this lecture introduce a principles-based approach. She will unpack the impact of visual media to build an understanding of the importance of photography ethics to the profession today.

Join us for this first event and stay tuned for the second and third public lectures, to be held on October 10 and October 17.


Dr. Savannah Dodd is the founder and director of the Photography Ethics Centre. She is responsible for designing and delivering workshops, lectures, and other educational content. She has worked with international audiences from a wide range of sectors, including media, academia, and international development. Savannah’s training is in anthropology. 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 at Washington University in St. Louis (2012). She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in anthropology from Queen’s University Belfast, in which she examined the ethics of archiving photographs in post-conflict societies. Before founding the Centre, she worked in the international development sector for NGOs and IGOs in Switzerland, Uganda, and Thailand. Alongside her work with the Centre, Savannah maintains her own photography practice.

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