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Ethics in Photography

Whether you are just getting started or are a seasoned professional, photography as a medium is more accessible than ever. Millions of photos are taken every minute, and billions of people are using and consuming photography regularly. Despite the endless benefits that the democratization of photography brings, it also raises concerns about photo manipulation and the rampant circulation of images online without consent. How do we engage with this context, both as photographers and consumers?

In this new online class, HCP Instructor Erin Neve will work with students to investigate concepts of responsibility, power, and dignity and explore methods for integrating these ideas into how they take and share photographs. Students will consider these questions as well as examine historical examples and case studies.

Some of the topics and questions covered include: 

  • Who can consent?
  • What counts as exploitation?
  • What is the role of the documentary photographer vs. photojournalist?
  • What is the problem with paparazzi?
  • What is the part of the portrait photographer, and can someone capture a subject’s identity?
  • How can we honor the personhood of the subject?


Registration & Fees: $175
Members Enjoy 20% Off Tuition


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Attention: This class has been moved online in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with information and a link to take this course at it’s scheduled time. 

To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.



Class meets Thursdays:
February 25th, March 4th, 11th, & 18th
4 - 5:30 pm CST


Capture, Seminar, History / Criticism

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection


Erin Neve