Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Photographing moments of grief

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This article on NPR’s photo blog is not a multimedia story, but instead a piece about photographing people in moments of grief.  This ethical issue is one that journalists everywhere seem to face, but this is especially true for photographers.

The woman involved, Marie, was captured praying after the Newtown shootings.  She says, however, that she was not asked to be photographed and the experience made her feel like a “zoo animal.”

Of course, the photographer says he did what he thought to be least intrusive. Letting Marie grieve without interruption, taking her picture only to do what journalists do…tell a story.

I guess the point of this is that there is no “right” way to handle these sorts of situations. Journalists want to capture these moments of raw, human emotion and communicate such emotions to the world. The goal is to always be respectful, but how to obtain this will, more often times than not, be situational.


Written by dustymercier

March 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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