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Season 2008 Episode 1101

Battle of Ideas: Candid Camera

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With the growth of digital technology, and with cameras now ubiquitous on mobile phones, photography is no longer the preserve of professionals and a few amateur enthusiasts. But the explosion of photography comes at a time when there are also growing concerns about its ethical implications.Photographers face increasing codes and restrictions on taking pictures in public space. From privacy infringement laws to security concerns and taboos around photographing children, photographers have to navigate a minefield of formal and informal regulations. Yet despite such concerns, we are photographed more than ever before.With photo sharing sites like Flickr, Facebook and Myspace, the personal photo album ? which people once would typically show only to a small circle of family and friends ? has become an item for public display.How do the new regulations and taboos affect the role of photographers in documenting public life? How can we strike a balance between safeguarding the artistic and journalistic freedom of photographers, and the privacy of the public? Can individuals in fact create more authentic representations of everyday life by documenting and displaying it themselves?Is the photojournalist redundant now that we can all take pictures with our mobile phones and send them in to eager broadcasters and newspapers? Or should we try to preserve and uphold the superior standards ? and ethics ? of professional photographers? - Institute of Ideasmoreless
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