Explore: Hong Kong



The Ethical Image: Challenges in Visualising a Changing World
Hong Kong, China
6 October 2018

This event is organised by the World Press Photo Foundation ‘Explore’ programme, the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong, and Rights Exposure.

Topic and program
The visual representation of critical and global issues is both necessary and ubiquitous. Visual representation both calls attention to problems and frames possible solutions. More people than ever before have the capacity to produce, share and receive images of important issues affecting our world today, be they human rights abuses, the degradation of the environment, or economic inequality. The proliferation of images not only raises urgent questions on the ethics of creating and disseminating photos of those impacted by these issues but also requires us to re-appraise whether past critiques and responses are still appropriate and effective in our 24/7 digital world.

This conference will bring together leading experts from Asia and beyond working in academia, the media and the NGO community to discuss the ethical challenges faced by those who create, publish and use images in the course of their daily work, with the Rohingya crisis being the main case study.

Over a single day, three panels will be convened. The provisional program and list of participants is as follows:

Panel 1: The Ethical Image: Challenges in Visualising a Changing World
Tanvi Mishra, curator/writer, PIX/Dehli Photo Festival
Philippe Massonnet, APAC Regional Director, Agence France Presse
Iain Martin, News Editor (Asia), Storyful
Additional panelist to be confirmed
David Campbell, World Press Photo Foundation - moderator

Panel 2: The Ethics and Politics of Representing the Rohingya Crisis
Patrick Brown, photographer, Panos Pictures
Minzayar Oo, photographer, Panos Pictures
Matthew Smith, founder and CEO, Fortify Rights
Additional panelist to be confirmed
Shahidul Alam, Drik - moderator

Panel 3: How to Produce and Use Images Ethically
Aarti Kapoor, lawyer and consultant, Embode
Stanley So, Director of Education, Oxfam Hong Kong
Smita Sharma, independent photographer
Jessica Lim, festival director and curator, Angkor Photo Festival
Robert Godden, Rights Exposure - moderator

The outcome from each panel will be a two-page compilation of the insights provided by the panelists, including concrete suggestions for solutions and sharing of best practice. The conference will filmed and made available online in order to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

The conference is free to attend.



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