Most professional photojournalists we are often the target of attacks for not taking action in many of the incidents they are reporting. Al Diaz (below) was attacked by some for taking photographs although he took action first. Other highly-discussed ethical case study of Kevin Carter who was the target of much criticism for his Pulitzer Prize-winner photograph of a little girl at a feeding center in Sudan (read more about it here).
Watch the video, read the comments, and see what you think.
Al Diaz - About A Photograph from thinkTank Photo on Vimeo.
"...A still photograph can change the course of history, affect policy, raise awareness and cause leaders to act. And, in this case, maybe it can inspire others to become trained in CPR techniques — and to swiftly offer their assistance to those in dire need. So, I grabbed my camera from my car and began recording what I saw. Little Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing for a second time, and his aunt Pamela Rauseo again performed CPR. I captured the Breath of Life in a still photograph..." read full story
"Khalid Mohammed, a photographer for the Associated Press, took a picture 10 years ago of two charred American bodies hanging from a bridge and surrounded by a crowd of cheering Iraqis. His was far from the only photograph depicting the killing and mutilation of four civilian contractors on the street..." read more
"...From 2008 to 2013, American photographer Ballen, who has lived in South Africa for more than 30 years, embarked on a body of work that focuses on birds and explores the notion of ‘asylum’ as both a refuge and a prison. He photographed at a house in a secret location on the outskirts of Johannesburg, inside which people, animals and birds live side by side. It is here that he created his bizarre and fantastical worlds..." read full article