Discussion: Church Restrictions, Dangerous Videographers, The Future Of Photojournalism & Ethics

Discussion: Church Restrictions, Dangerous Videographers, The Future Of Photojournalism & Ethics

Topic: Dealing With Photography Restrictions In Church

Shooting one of the most intimate moments during a wedding ceremony, the exchange of wedding rings and the first kiss as husband and wife, is quite a struggle when you are the professional behind the lens. Not only is the timeframe for a perfect close-up really short, you also need to find the right position where you are not obstructing the view of the guests. And then there are those rules that come when working in a sacred place …
In his article, posted on fstoppers, Adam Sparkes published an open letter to “the” Church. In this, the wedding photographer is not asking for fewer restrictions. He only asks to be treated like the professional that he is, not like a child who does not know how to behave correctly. [1]
Have you had similar experiences when photographing inside a church?


Topic: Videographers Are Dangerous

Although the original headline says „Photographers are Dangerous“, Cletus Dillwood of CDA News refers to an accident that happened at this year’s World Athletics Championships.
While filming Usain Bolt after his 200m victory, a cameraman on a Segway accidentally fell and landed right on the fastest man on earth. The problem is, as Dillwood points out, that videographers are less restricted than sports photojournalists, who do have to stay in their zone. [2]
Yet another, this time fatal accident, that occured during the Giro d’Italia 2015 proves that a single DSLR – in this case held by a fan – can be a dangerous weapon!


Topic: The Death Of Photojournalism

By summarising recent debates in photography, Michel Guerrin from Le Monde talks about the state of photojournalism. Are the World Press Photo scandal, the ownership fight over a monkey selfie and the camera-shy Foo Fighters heralding the beginning of the end of professional photojournalism? [3]
A great article that helps to recall this year’s great photography debates.


Topic: To Publish Or Not To Publish

71 Dead Refugees Found in Truck on Austria Highway“ (NBC) – This was probably the most horrific story since the beginning of the European migrant crisis so far. Fortunately readers were spared to see the pictures that were taken at the scene because reading about „fluids from the decomposing bodies seeping from the truck’s back door“ is appaling enough.
Some newspapers, however, decided to print photos showing the dead bodies. The Austrian newspaper Krone was one of them, defending the decision by referring to Nick Ut’s famous photograph of a Vietnamnese girl running away from a napalm attack. A stance that Philipp Wilhelmer from the Kurier heavily critizes. [4]
While the Kurier did not print aforementioned photograph, it published the photo of a dead Syrian child that was found on a beach in Turkey. Where should we draw the line between good and bad photojournalism?




[1] https://fstoppers.com/originals/dear-churches-your-photography-rules-might-be-making-it-harder-both-us-82364
[2] https://cdanews.com/2015/08/photojournalism-in-the-21st-century-photographers-are-dangerous-video/
[3] http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/the-inevitable-death-of-professional-photojournalism/c3s19562/ Original: http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2015/08/28/photographiez-sans-entraves_4738857_3232.html
[4] http://kurier.at/meinung/blogs/der-teletexter/fotojournalismus-die-macht-der-toten/149.921.001



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