Writing with Light

Ethical standards for Non Fiction Photography in the age of AI

Writing with Light is a movement to support nonfiction photography by privileging the integrity of the photographer as author. Nonfiction photography is a recording of the visible in which the photographer strives to represent actualities in a fair and factual manner.

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Differentiating between fact and fiction

has never been more important.

Just as a writer is an author whose credibility is based upon their skills and integrity as a professional, so too the credibility of a “writer with light,” the author-photographer, is dependent upon their own skills and integrity as interpreters of people, issues, and events, not solely upon the fidelity of the camera as a recording device. And just as a writer can quote what someone says, so too photographs can be considered as a quotation from appearances presented within the photograph’s frame. In both cases adequate context needs to be provided for the reader to better understand what is being said or seen, while in neither case can quotations, of words or image, be used that mislead.

If photography is to continue to function as a reliable witness, capable of provoking societal debates and interventions for those in need, differentiating between fact and fiction has never been more important.


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