Ethics In Photography Symposium – Delhi

Aksgar, Goa Center for Alternate Photography and Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan are pleased to announce

Ethics In Photography Symposium
30 August 2014
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

Symposium Program

Photography, after the introduction to the ethereal world of electronics has undergone a revolution that has extreme implications on the moral and ethical, as well as the legal and professional dimensions of photography. The digital revolution offers empowerment and opportunity, along with a range of new problems such as digital manipulation, legal status of ownership rights over images, intellectual property rights, reproduction rights, right to freedom, and the right to privacy.

Photographers, journalists, and artists, too encounter ethical challenges in their professional and personal lives. Though not easy, but often, an answer to such challenges may emerge from brainstorming or intense discussions. Do we have a framework of ethics and morals on creating and consuming photography in India? Are ethics and morals the same? Are ethics and laws consistent in India? Should ethics be sacrificed for the higher good of the society? Do professional ethics in one discipline conflict and contradict with ethical conduct of another discipline? Can a voluntary ethical and moral framework be developed for use by photographers in India?

To understand and seek to answer these questions, Goa-CAP, Aksgar and Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan are organizing a one day symposium ‘Wanted: Ethics In Photography’ that will cover all aspects of ethics in relation to photography.

This symposium is an opportunity for photographers, artists, scholars, filmmakers and students to discuss their ethics-related work with leading scholars and professionals in their fields. It will include presentations of selected papers and sessions to highlight key ethical issues in photography, as well as question & answer and discussion sessions.

This symposium aims to reflect on the role and relevance of values and ethics in photography, as they are important not only to the practitioners, but also to institutions like media, colleges, museums and businesses that use photographs or commission photography.

Symposium Objectives

• Bring together thinkers, scholars and practitioners of photography as well as the media, museums, social and business institutions, to examine the state of ethics and values in photography and to formulate a voluntary code of ethical conduct for creators and consumers of photographs;
• Promote a rich and open environment in which to discuss these critical and urgent issues;
• Develop effective strategies to disseminate and implement across India the outcomes of the symposium.

Series Partners

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BITS Pilani Goa Campus


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