Have you seen pictures in daily newspapers that prompted the question: “Why did they print this photograph?” Images that touch the deep emotions of viewers have prompted severe comment from readers since photography was invented. Those who viewed Mathew Brady’s Civil War pictures on the walls of his studio were horrified. And readers today are quick to comment vigorously when the media publish harsh photos either online or in print. The debate takes place on the slippery slope where the right to know and an invasion of privacy clash.
Veteran photo editor Hal Buell has handled many such pictures over his half-century career in news photography. In this presentation, he offers the audience its chance to call the shot: Publish or don’t publish photos from disasters and crime scenes, with sexual content, and of other subjects that have sparked controversy. He provides the background of the story then asks, “Would you print this picture?” After the vote, Buell will describe what happened at the time of publication. This is an audience participation presentation sure to offer a stimulating look at journalistic ethics and taste in today’s world of photojournalism.
Hal Buell has worked on assignment in more than thirtyfive countries, and headed the Associated Press Photo Service for twenty-five years, supervising an international staff of 300 photographers. He is the author of more than a dozen books on news photography, including Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs; The Kennedy Brothers; and Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue, the story of the Iwo Jima flag raising.
Free and open to public.