Photographer Interviews

Photojournalists on Ethics and Their Responsibilities

July 10, 2017

© Victor J. Blue

Victor J. Blue photographed an Afghan National Army soldier in the Kunduz province of Afghanistan in 2015. When working closely with subjects, Blue usually has a “Define the Relationship” talk with them, to make sure they understand why he’s there and what they can—and can’t—expect from him.

Photojournalism has always been built on trust—between photographers and their subjects, and between photographers and their audiences. But there are natural tensions between the interests of photographers, subjects, readers and editors—and the non-governmental organizations, grant makers and advocacy organizations who now support most of the long-form photographic storytelling we see. Some photographers want their photos to effect change, while others...

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