How To Do “Right” In Photography

How To Do “Right” In Photography

Photography: Still Working At 101

One of the oldest photographers on earth comes from Japan – and she is woman!

In September Tsuneko Sasamoto celebrated her 101st birthday, looking back at 76 years of work as a photojournalist. Born in 1914, Sasamoto was there to document the history of her country throughout the years. And despite breaking her left hand and both legs, she is still working. Not surprisingly, did she – as a woman in pre-war Japan and as a female photographer – have to learn to stand her ground. Belated Happy Birthday!

Readers, who understand Japanese, can find and order her books online. [1]




Industry: Empowering Women Through Photography

While some startups are driven by the prospect of becoming the next unicorn, a whole generation of young entrepreneurs aim for a bigger goal: Changing the world.

Lensational is one of them. Founded by Bonnie Chiu, the social enterprise entered the market as a Facebook page in 2013. It was “International Women’s Day” when Chiu spread her idea “to empower women economically and emotionally through photography.”

In order to do so, Lensational sells recycled digital cameras to women in developing countries and teaches them the craft of photography. The photographs then can be bought on Lensational’s platform. [2]




Photography: Crossing The Line

Nearly everybody was shocked when photos of Cecil the lion, brought down by the arrow of an American dentist, went viral this year. Only a few months later a similar case drove animal lovers worldwide angry. This time a German hunter paid a fortune to kill an African elephant, probably the largest trophy kill in 30 years.

Even though the motivation is different (is it?), crossing a specific line to get “that shot” is a known phenomenon in photography. DL Cade wrote about it in a short article titled “The Dark Side of Photography”. Albeit the first part of the piece had to be corrected, it is still an eye-opening read. If the issue would be further discussed, it could probably help maintaining ethical standards.

Of course, not only pros need a guideline in order to do the right thing. Especially amateurs seem to be totally ignorant these days. A park in Denver, Colorado recently decided to shut down for visitors went too far or rather, too close, to get a selfie with the bears. [3]







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