Wanted: Ethics In Photography – Dec 2013

December 18 2013, Mumbai

Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Biraj Mehta
Dr. Biraj Mehta completed her PhD in Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai. She has taught Greek Philosophy, Socio Political Philosophy, Contemporary Western Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Theories of Human Rights to post graduate students at the Department of Philosophy and Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai as a visiting faculty since 2007. She has also taught at Sophia College for Women for four years and is currently a visiting faculty at Wilson College where she initiated a certificate course on local culture for the undergraduate students. She has been a resource person at various workshops, for the Indian Aesthetics course in University of Mumbai and for the Art Criticism and Theory course at Jnanapravaha. She is also a member of the Modern Book Selection Committee at the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.

She will share her views on the ethics of photography, significance and challenges to being ethically responsive, articulating ethical codes for professional photography and philosophical complexities in understanding and articulating the same.

Anjali Monteiro
Dr. Anjali Monteiro is Professor and Dean, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has a Masters degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology. She is involved in documentary production, media teaching and research. Jointly with K.P. Jayasankar, she has made over 35 documentary films. Their work has been screened extensively at film festivals all over the world and they have won twenty-two national and international awards.

She will speak about her experience in teaching media and the importance of ethics.

Indranil Mukherjee
Indranil Mukherjee works with Agence France-Presse (AFP) as a staff photographer in the Asia Pacific region, based out of Mumbai. He joined AFP at the inception of its south-India bureau in Bangalore, and was posted there from 2000 onwards before migrating to Mumbai, where he has been heading the photo department since March 2005.

Born to working class Indian parents, Indranil seemed destined to have a white-collar job and aspired to be a financial consultant after college. But fate had other things on the card as Indranil’s passion of photography took charge and pen and calculators made way for film rolls and camera. After quite a few initial years of struggling in Kolkata to find a firm footing he migrated to New Delhi to hunt for a job. After contributing to a few newspapers and magazines he joined the Asian Age newspaper in 1996 and has never looked back since. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and ten-year old son.

He will speak about the role of ethics with relation to his work as a photojournalist.