This paper explores some of the motivations and ethics of taking travel pictures of sites which have witnessed death, destruction and atrocity. It raises questions of how the temporal distance from the event, how the photograph is framed and who is taking the photograph can influence the “moral legitimacy” of taking such photographs. The key conclusions of the paper are that taking pictures of such places is not necessarily wrong, as they can help capture powerful emotional and heuristic experiences, which can form the benchmarks of the travel experience. Yet questions should be raised when the image being photographed fails to provoke a reaction or a sense of empathy, or nurture any notion of what can be learnt. Approaching such photography without such a moral or educational context means that the process is becoming voyeuristic in nature, and a development which is not necessarily one to be welcomed.
|Title of host publication||“Still Visions-Changing Lives,” Sheffield Hallam University|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||Tourism & Photography: Still Visions - Changing Lives - Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom|
Duration: 20 Jul 2003 → 23 Jul 2003
|Conference||Tourism & Photography: Still Visions - Changing Lives|
|Period||20/07/03 → 23/07/03|