Photography and Social Media Today

Jun 05, 2020

The International Center of Photography offers a forum for dialogue about the power of the image to bear witness. We understand that photography, journalism, and visual messaging—as well as the tools used to create—are forever changing landscapes with contexts that can shift at any given moment. We are constantly re-evaluating, and encouraging those around us to re-evaluate, what it means to take a photo, to make an image, to tell a story. 

ICP students, especially those in our One-Year Certificate Programs, are given an enormous amount of information relating to ethics within the landscapes of photography, journalism, and visual messaging. We encourage them to take this information and to find their own moral compass. As part of their learning experience, they actively contribute to our student-run accounts, confronting the ever-evolving landscape of social media and social posting. 

We understand that a single image can illicit pride, trauma, or anything in between. And we understand that this interpretation lies with the viewer. At the International Center of Photography—an exhibiting, teaching, and collecting institution—we find value in this tension and the dialogue it prompts. We will not stop making images, but we will take this moment to deeply consider the content, subject matter, and metadata attached to the images we post on our digital platforms and social media outlets. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and will work to protect data that could be mined for creating more violence on Black lives. We will also, in turn, encourage our students to respond by considering how they will become not only imagemakers, but agents of change and empathic minds.

We will update this page as the conversation continues. We are listening and learning.

Further Reading

Updated June 30, 2020