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

In October, VII Insider hosted 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 explores what photography ethics is, why photography ethics matters, and how you can apply photography ethics to your practice. We 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.

Video chapters:
00:00 – VII Insider in partnership with PhotoWings
00:43 – Welcome to the lecture series on ethical literacy
01:57 – Introduction by Savannah Dodd
03:02 – What are ethics?
05:26 – A principles-based approach to ethics
14:28 – Why do ethics matter?
23:36 – Statement of ethics
25:17 – Public Q&A
45:15 – Closing remarks

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