Brunch and Talk: Witnesses, Bystanders and Vultures: Ethical Questions in Photojournalism

Top Pick April 14, 2019 Concord Free
(Photo: chameleonseye/iStock)
(Photo: chameleonseye/iStock)

Featuring Rachel Gans-Boriskin, senior lecturer at Gwenn Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities at Simmons University.

From the Civil War to the Syrian refugee crisis, photographers have used their craft to portray suffering, loss and the joy and frailty of the human condition. In this talk, Rachel Gans-Boriskin explores the role photojournalism plays in constructing cultural meaning and the ethical issues this raises for both photojournalists and citizens. The physical presence of photojournalists in moments of danger and suffering often surfaces debates about the responsibility of witnesses to individuals in crisis.

Drawing from the fields of journalism, philosophy and collective memory studies, Gans-Boriskin offers a reframing of traditional arguments about photojournalism. Using Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs as case studies, she explores the way that photojournalism can serve as an “object to think with” about the responsibilities individuals have to one another in an increasingly connected world.

Gans-Boriskin teaches courses in communication theory, media culture, journalism, the sociology of news, public speaking, storytelling and health communication. She has been published in numerous journals and books.

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