'Everything Wrong (Including Yes, Journalistically) With The HONY Gay Schoolboy Photo' by Meg Handler in BagNews

"I never thought I’d agree w Rush Limbaugh on, well, anything, but I also find this viral Humans of New York photo, and the accompanying caption, not only questionable, but unethical. With that, and on the heels of Hillary Clinton inserting herself in the comment thread of the HONY photograph, I want to address how the public engages with photographs. There is a code of ethics in Photojournalism. Rule #3 of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Code of Ethics reads:

”Be complete and provide context when photographing or recording subjects. Avoid stereotyping individuals and groups. Recognize and work to avoid presenting one’s own biases in the work.”

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind “Humans of New York,” does not consider himself a photojournalist, and therefore does not abide by the same rules a press photographer does. There’s a very important similarity, though, between Stanton and photojournalists. They are both communicating human experiences to the general public."

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