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Photographers Need to Reexamine What Consent Means

“Navigating photography ethics can be like walking a tightrope. Lean in one direction, and the photographer risks exploiting the person whose story they are telling; swing the other way, and the photographer does the story a disservice by not fully illustrating the issue at hand.

But if ethics are a tightrope, they are also a scale, one that is always imbalanced toward the one holding the camera. “Every photo comes with a built-in debt,” writer Andrew Molitor penned in an op-ed for PetaPixel. “You owe the subject some degree of respect, of care in handling of the picture. You owe the subject your effort to do something worthwhile with the picture.”

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