Ethical Dilemmas and The Documentary Photographer: An In-Depth Interview with J. Ross Baughman

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“Noose, Rhodesia” © J. Ross Baughman. This is part of a 1977 documentary that won Baughman a Pulitzer prize.

If there was ever anyone in the world of photography who can be considered the elder statesman of ethics in documentary photography, it is J. Ross Baughman. An investigative photographer who gained the trust of gangs, hate groups, and often both sides of wars in eleven nations, Baughman saw plenty of ethical issues play out in his experiences. In the late 1970s he won a Pulitzer prize for his coverage Rhodesia’s white nationalist government’s brutality against its black citizens. After stepping on a landmine that caused serious injuries to himself and traveling companion James Natchwey, Baughman could no longer go out in the field. Instead he became the photo editor of the Washington Times, and helped rewrite the NPPA’s Code of Ethics.

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