Photographer Interviews

You’re Not from Around Here: Photographing Others’ Cultures with Sensitivity and Respect

July 3, 2017

© Tasneem Alsultan

A Syrian girl walks through a graveyard in Jordan. Alsultan wins the trust of her subjects by being transparent about her own beliefs and intentions. "At least [the subjects] feel like you’re someone who is not trying to manipulate their story,” she says.

Photojournalists have long worked from the perspective of outsiders, telling stories about cultures and sub-cultures other than their own. However, subjects want and expect more say in how the media represents them. For the July “Photography and Ethics Issue” of PDN, we spoke with four photographers who explain how they’re negotiating the ethically sensitive territory of photographing cultures other than...

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