Project 1 continued

Definition of integrity “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” Taken from (2017) Integrity | Definition, Available at: (Accessed: 21/03/2017).

Definition of altruism “the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others (opposed to egoism). Taken from (2017) Altruism | Definition, Available at: (Accessed: 21/03/2017).

Do the subjects of a documentary image become victims of the camera, as Rosler suggests? Well may be, if nothing comes of the images and the images are simply taken and archived and never see the light of day.

However, if images are used correctly, the subject’s situation may be improved or if not improved, their plight will become visible. This may give a voice to the subject and other similar victims. Rosler feels that documentary photography is a generalisation about the human condition, whereas Lewis Hine’s beliefs were different.

Hine’s beliefs were that social reform could be achieved by the use of documentary photography. As discussed in my previous post,  and in my opinion, this is because we are all individuals with different viewpoints, opinions and most of all human beings. Opinions cannot be incorrect, they may be misguided, but an opinion is a personal point and not necessarily a fact.

Hine believed strongly that if his images of child slavery were shown, this would change people’s views and lead to a different system and a change in the law.

But do people get used to such imagery?

In Syria, today there is so much violence every minute of every hour. We in the west are shocked when we see such things as beheadings, but these are not censored on some Arabic news reports and are treated as everyday occurrences, which they are, but still deeply shocking to me.

Does the human spirit become used to such deprivation and therefore meaning that showing the same type of documentary image is over time pointless? Can we become desensitized to a constant barrage of depravity? I have heard statements from the inmates of Auschwitz, who were witness to some of the worst atrocities ever imaginable, but they also become “used” to what they were witness to. Therefore how do we avoid desensitization. How do we create new ways to convey the message we want to put our there in our imagery?

I will explore this concept, I am sure, as I progress though this part of the course.


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