Sun, 28.06.
Ethics / Visual Journalism and Power

In 1973, the Press Code was published by the German Press Council to define the ground rules of journalistic work and publishing. Closely linked to it are the ethical foundations of both our everyday behaviour and our work as journalists. The deliberate examination of moral issues has taken on particular significance in today’s globally connected times. The vast range that has arisen, for instance with the Internet, has also had momentous consequences for the content that photojournalists contribute to the media landscape. Added to this are the facts that photographs are comparatively quick to consume and that they are invested with a significant degree of inherent veracity. Picture creators bear a great responsibility towards many parties, not only to provide truthful reports, but also to judge which conflicts and topics are relevant to society, which form of expression is most appropriate and the extent to which an action is ethically justifiable, for example depicting affected people as victims.

Power in Photography Tanzim Wahab in conversation with NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati and Katrin Koenning

Tanzim Wahab in conversation with Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati and Katrin Koenning, explores the notion of “power” in contemporary photographic practice, and how it could be viewed from institutional and artistic perspectives.

The relation of power to photography, traditionally, can be traced from two directions – the power structure inherent to the system of production and distribution within the photographic industry, and secondly, the power of photography as a universal tool of “change”. The intrinsic challenge of the medium lies in its ever-changing industry – its technological shifts from print to digital publishing, global connectivity, and the question of inclusiveness and diversity. READ MORE

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Podcast In Conversation with Jasper A. Friedrich

The exploration of moral questions has taken on added importance in our increasingly interconnected world. The range gained by digital media offers opportunities, but risks as well, and means that visual journalists must undergo even more intensive examinations of ethical principles. News, and particularly photos about news stories, are now produced and consumed at an accelerated rate. Many of them are accorded a great degree of inherent truth. Jan Nasemann speaks with Prof. Jasper Friedrich, a lecturer in media ethics, who explains what ethics is and the meaning of ethics in the world of the media.

Podcast in German language.