Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Multimedia Storytelling w/Peter Chen — Carly Tynes

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The story on NPR about the photographer who did not ask the name of the woman he photographed during her time of grief really made me mad. I found myself frustrated while we were discussing the story and what happened because I think that if you’re going to invade a person’s personal space, especially if he or she is the ONLY subject in your shot, then you should ask for a name or at least speak to the person after. I think it shows respect and dignity. 
This photographer messed up because he didn’t ask for her name or at least shake her hand after he took a photo of her in her most private moments of grief. Although his news outlet may not require a name or any sort of identifier, and YES, he can say that it was a newsworthy event so no permission from spectators is needed, but all it takes is just waiting around for a few minutes and saying a few words to her after she stood up and wiped her face off. It’s too precious of a moment to be ruined by someone treating her as if she was less than human. I have an issue with photographers not asking for the name of someone in private moments like these, where there is obviously only one person in the frame. 
Although I do wonder if the photographer had asked for her name, would she have been so angry her photo was taken? Would she still be extremely angry that she was “treated like a circus animal?” I think no matter what this photographer did, she would have been upset with her photo being used, with or without her name attached to it. 

Written by bloggingmom67

November 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm

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