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When to put the camera down?

There has been a great deal of controversy over the photo published by the New York Post yesterday of a man moments before he was killed by an oncoming subway train.  These situations are never as simple as they seem at first glance.  Photojournalists are frequently put into positions where they must make a decision whether to remain a journalist with the hope of doing future good with their coverage or to become a part of the story by helping.  The NPPA, the National Press Photographer’s association, posted a discussion of the ethics surrounding the controversy on their blog that is worth reading.  Gawker posted asking Pulitzer prize winning photojournalists and photojournalism department heads if they would have taken the same photo in the same situation which is also worth checking out.  Poynter, which is a news organization that reports on journalism, posted a comprehensive collection of opinions as well as an interview from the NYTimes with the photographer today.

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