Whose responsibility? The ethics of commissioning images

A photo ethics discussion around why strengthening collaborations between organisations in the development sector and photographers matters.

In this conversation with Tobin Jones, we will explore what it means to take a good photograph and tell a compelling story in the development and humanitarian sectors. We will discuss how NGOSs and communication professionals in those sectors can better collaborate with photographers to build nuanced narratives that move away from clichés, create empathy and build bridges.

About Tobin Jones:

Tobin is a professional photographer and videographer specializing in conflict and humanitarian issues. He was born in Botswana, raised in Malawi, and educated in Canada and the UK. Today he lives in Nairobi, Kenya, where he runs the photo collective NonAligned and works as a freelance photographer and videographer. His portfolio includes stories on Somalia’s fight against Al Shabab and the country’s emergence from more than 20 years of civil war, to transgender issues, and the intersection of modern religion with traditional healing practices in slums.

Tobin’s photography has appeared in multiple publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and many others. He has also worked for multiple international organizations and NGO’s throughout the region, including UNHCR, WFP, the Danish Refugee Council, and the European Union.

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