Ethics

Final Major Project Posts
  • Place and Placelessness August 18, 2019 As I have been finalising the book edit, I have increasingly been drawn to maps to help tell the story – both the Khmer Rouge ... Read more...
  • Bending the Frame – Fred Ritchen August 14, 2019 Notes from Ritchin’s 2013 book: Chapter 1: The Useful Photograph Sets stage for profusion of images, loss of professional monopoly, power of tech and the web. Citizen journalists ... Read more...
  • Let Us Now Praise Words August 13, 2019 During the Depression, Fortune sent writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans document the lives of cotton sharecroppers in Alabama. It was meant to be ... Read more...
  • Stereotypes and Navajo August 9, 2019 I have just finished reading Photography’s Other Histories, edited by Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson. It is a well-researched work covering a lot of ground ... Read more...
  • Ethics of Photography – Participation August 8, 2019 Ethics has two broad modes of definition – personal and organisational. In everyday use, the word ‘ethics’ gets used in many different ways. For example, sometimes ... Read more...
  • Ethics of Photography – Nature August 7, 2019 Whilst it is a little bit more in the background right now, I am continuing to work on the Ethics project. As a reminder, I ... Read more...
  • A Sense of Place July 13, 2019 I have been reading James Tyner’s book, The Killing of Cambodia: Geography, Genocide and the Unmasking of Space. It is well established that in defining Year Zero, ... Read more...
  • Deleuze, Time and Archives July 12, 2019 Gilles Deleuze is both an influential, original philosopher – and a hard one to totally ‘get’. Frankly, before the MA I had paid only passing ... Read more...
  • Feedback on Journalistic Ethics June 27, 2019 Feedback on my Journalistic Ethics post from Paul Clements and Gary McLeod. Paul: Such a coincidence that only last week I was talking about Joan Diddion’s book ... Read more...
  • Journalist Ethics June 26, 2019 The photograph in the header shows Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 26, and his 23 month old daughter Valeria, lying face down in shallow water on the ... Read more...
  • Cambodia Project Ethics June 17, 2019 There are several layers in any ethical discussion of photographs. I am researching new ways to address these issues, with global relevance. This includes research ... Read more...
  • Notes on Paul Martin Lester’s ‘Visual Ethics’ June 9, 2019 Preface Lester considers six philosophical ethics ideas as a way to ‘judge’ photography: Categorical imperative – Kant, role-based rules Utilitarianism – useful to the many Golden Mean – Aristotle, ... Read more...
  • FMP Week One Reflections June 9, 2019 Well, here we go. the end of the first week of Final Major Project, although (based on my CRJ writings), it does seem to have ... Read more...
  • Looking is Necessary June 4, 2019 Gian Butturini (1935-2006) was an Italian graphic designer who travelled to London in 1969. He took photographs of what was happening in the ‘swinging sixties’, ... Read more...
  • Beauty and Utility May 27, 2019 This follows on my comments on Harmony and ‘Environmental Aesthetics‘, as well as the post on ‘What is Good‘. Perhaps my overriding point in those posts ... Read more...
  • Environmental Aesthetics May 24, 2019 I posted a short item on Facebook, as follows: Tea Okakura Kakuso, in his 1906 The Book of Tea, builds the case that a better understanding of ... Read more...
  • What is ‘Truth’? May 23, 2019 When we talk of a picture being ‘accurate’, we are using a variety of the concept of ‘truth’. Its meaning depends on the context that ... Read more...
  • What is ‘Good’? May 18, 2019 Sir William David Ross (1877 – 1971) was a Scottish philosopher who is known for his translations of Aristotle and his work in ethics. He developed a ... Read more...
  • The Triangle of Photography May 1, 2019 Malick Sidibé (1936-2016) was a Malian photographer, who gained an international reputation. He documented Malian culture as the country transitioned to independence. Sidibé photographed on the ... Read more...
  • Webinar with Wendy April 30, 2019 Had a very good ‘kick-off’ conversation with Wendy, today. We talked a little about the FMP process, and where I was on the Cambodian project. I ... Read more...
Informing Contexts Posts
  • Responses & Responsibilities March 16, 2019 James Elkins, in What Photography Is (2011), analyses photographs from 1905 of Lingqi, the Chinese ‘death by a thousand cuts’. (chapter 6, pg 177-220). I ... Read more...
  • And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin March 14, 2019 And I have known the eyes already, known them all, The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a ... Read more...
  • The Explicit and the Implicit Gaze February 23, 2019 Ansel Adams famously said ‘There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.’ (Sheff Interview, 1983) There are always two gazes for every photograph, ... Read more...
  • The Advertising Idea February 20, 2019 Katherine Frith likens reading adverts to peeling an onion. She pinpoints three stages in reading adverts: The surface meaning The advertiser’s intended meaning and The cultural meaning. She concludes ... Read more...
  • Traces, Spaces, Faces, Places February 16, 2019 With your peers, discuss whether you think the constructed photographs included in this session ‘lie’, the extent these photographs are fictional, and the methods you use to ‘interpret’ ... Read more...
  • Facts and Ethics February 12, 2019 Was chatting yesterday about Wittgenstein with a friend of mine who is a Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics at Leeds. Wittgenstein wrote, in the Tractatus, that ‘The ... Read more...
  • Cultural Context January 13, 2019 Almost all of this MA program to date uses a European / American ‘gaze’, in its choice of reading and referenced photographers – even the ... Read more...
  • What is Street Photography? January 2, 2019 I have an ongoing project to digitise my film archives, which has been a bit interrupted by the MA. So a 2019 resolution is to ... Read more...
  • Ain’t no Shame in my Game December 29, 2018 I used to do a lot of street photography, although most recently I have been a little bored by it – in the sense that ... Read more...
  • Dorothea Lange December 19, 2018 A while back I was asked to make a short presentation to the PhotoBath group on an image that has always inspired me. It actually didn’t ... Read more...
Positions & Practice Posts
Surfaces & Strategies Posts
  • Street Portrait Workshop – August 19th August 11, 2018 As I already noted, I am conducting a ‘Street Portrait’ workshop in Bath next weekend. So far 12 people have signed up. Workshop background is here. In ... Read more...
  • Week Six Reflections July 15, 2018 A weeks of Brexit shenanigans (again), Trump and Football. Most of my refections this week I have posted as I went along – probably the highlight ... Read more...
  • Dark Tourism July 12, 2018 To me, ‘Dark Tourism‘ is rather inevitable. Places like Tuol Sleng in Cambodia seem to do a better job of earning tourist dollars than in ... Read more...
  • Installation July 11, 2018 Just trying to pull together some ideas on a possible installation – not for August, as part of Landings, but looking to the future. I envisage ... Read more...
  • Appropriation June 10, 2018 Top: Susan Meiselas (1979) The Molotov Man; Bottom: Joy Garnett (2003) Molotov from the series Riot The brief: Joy Garnett is known for her paintings inspired ... Read more...
Sustainable Prospects Posts