Photojournalism, propaganda, privacy, public interest – a panel discussion in Brighton
Ever been questioned on your right to take a photograph? Ever wondered if you should take that picture?
Come and join a lively discussion about your photography and your rights and obligations. Share your experience with other photographers. Find out if you are answerable to anyone and where you stand in our increasingly paranoid society. Explore the purpose and direction of documentary photography in today's world.
The discussion ties in with the Brighton Photo Biennial's theme, "Images of war". Photographs help to shape our understanding of war and other major world events, but their use raises questions. Whose perspective is represented? Where and how do trust and privacy come in? Who judges what is published in the media? How is the internet changing the way we present and see things? What photographs should we take? What can we take? Do we have a responsibility to the wider public? What's the role of photojournalism and the picture that shocks in the age of digital manipulation? Our distinguished panel of photographers, legal experts, campaigners and academics (introduced below) will explore these and many other questions raised by you, the audience.
Colin Miller, President of the BHCC, said: "As amateur photographers, we are sometimes accused of invading people's privacy or are treated with suspicion when we photograph people. We have to learn to balance respect for people along with the freedom to take the photographs we want. We have debated this at club meetings, but we felt it was important to widen the discussion and to invite panelists who grapple with those issues in their everyday working lives."
The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in these topical issues – such as photographers, students, and journalists and other media representatives.
£5 on door includes raffle and glass of wine (all proceeds to Landmine Action)
Official Website: http://bhcc-online.org/news.html
Added by Martyn Fagg on October 2, 2008