Image Ethics: The Moral Rights of Subjects in Photographs, Film, and Television

Paperback | February 1, 1991

EditorLarry Gross, John Stuart Katz, Jay Ruby

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This pathbreaking collection of thirteen original essays examines the moral rights of the subjects of documentary film, photography, and television. Image makers--photographers and filmmakers--are coming under increasing criticism for presenting images of people that are considered intrusiveand embarrassing to the subject. Portraying subjects in a "false light," appropriating their images, and failing to secure "informed consent" are all practices that intensify the debate between advocates of the right to privacy and the public's right to know. Discussing these questions from avariety of perspectives, the authors here explore such issues as informed consent, the "right" of individuals and minority groups to be represented fairly and accurately, the right of individuals to profit from their own image, and the peculiar moral obligations of minorities who image themselvesand the producers of autobiographical documentaries. The book includes a series of provocative case studies on: the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman, particularly Titicut Follies; British documentaries of the 1930s; the libel suit of General Westmoreland against CBS News; the film Witness andits portrayal of the Amish; the film The Gods Must be Crazy and its portrayal of the San people of southern Africa; and the treatment of Arabs and gays on television. The first book to explore the moral issues peculiar to the production of visual images, Image Ethics will interest a wide range ofgeneral readers and students and specialists in film and television production, photography, communications, media, and the social sciences.

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This pathbreaking collection of thirteen original essays examines the moral rights of the subjects of documentary film, photography, and television. Image makers--photographers and filmmakers--are coming under increasing criticism for presenting images of people that are considered intrusiveand embarrassing to the subject. Portraying ...

Larry Gross is Professor of Communications at University of Pennsylvania. John Stuart Katz is Professor of Film at York University. Jay Ruby is Professor Anthropology at Temple University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:February 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195067800

ISBN - 13:9780195067804

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"Wonderful text--full of insight and appropriate examples. Much needed for many years."--Tom Mullin, Eastern Washington Univ.