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    Hippocratic Oath for Analog Photographers

    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham
    Perhaps one could start with a Photographer's form of the Hippocratic Oath? "First do no harm in eliciting a desired response in a model or subject."
    Inspired by a this comment on an earlier thread, I drafted the following:

    Hippocratic Oath for Analog Photographers

    I swear by Niepce, Fox Talbot, and Daguerre; Stieglitz, Weston, and Adams; Bourke-White, Lange, and Capa, and all the others who have gone before me, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

    I will provide instruction and learning to my children and all others who possess an interest in the craft and art of film photography.

    I will do no harm to those entrusted to me as models or subjects. Further, in photographing the natural world I will leave no mark behind of my passing.

    In documenting events, I will neither manipulate images to obscure the truth nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.

    I will not use the digicam, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.

    If I fulfil this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may my lenses be scratched, my cameras jam, my film be fogged, and my developers oxidise.


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    You have too much time on your hands. Go make a photograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david b
    You have too much time on your hands. Go make a photograph.
    sure, but it made me smile.

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    I do solemnly swear it with my left hand raised and my right hand resting on Ansel's Portfolio's.
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    It should be the Ansel alligence not the hippocratic oath. Photography is not medical science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie
    Photography is not medical science.
    Not even a testimony, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie
    It should be the Ansel alligence not the hippocratic oath. Photography is not medical science.
    Then again, it's disputable how much medicine is scientific...

    Cheers,

    Roger

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    Raise your right hand.
    Take off your hat!
    Now put your left hand here.
    Raise your right hand! ...

    Gotta love the Stooges.

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    Dear Ms Aggie, I wish not to be contentious. Photography may not be medical science but it cures my ailments. Can we perhaps agree that it is holistic?
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    And sometimes photography is testimony.

    I also think the rule of "first do no harm" wouldn't apply to photography in the same way as it does in medicine. The Hippocratic oath demands that a doctor should treat any patient the same way without regard to moral character. It may be perfectly appropriate for a photojournalist, though, to portray an evil person in an unflattering manner, or to use trickery to achieve an effect. Okay, so we might not like the idea of taking away a toddler's lollipop to photograph a child crying, but what about Karsh taking away Churchill's cigar to produce his most iconic portrait?
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
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