“Fire on Marlborough Street:” Defying Ethical Standards?

So chugging along into my senior year at Lindenwood University I landed myself in another class that requires some blogging (Seminar in Professional Practice and Ethics). So as usual, school-related coursework can be found on this blog and you can find me actually doing non-required blogging on my website – http://chelsycupcake.com 

"Stanley J. Forman – Fire on Marlborough Street"

The other day in class we were discussing whether the photo Fire on Marlborough Street should have been published in accordance of “what is right, and what is wrong.” The photo shows two girls essentially falling to their death (the two year old lived) and the photographer happened to catch them seconds before they hit the pavement. The question most of the students contested was whether it was right to publish due to the fact one of the women did die.

If you read a little background into the photo you’d know originally the photographer was shooting what-he-thought to be a rescue of the two girls by a fireman. He was unaware of the free-falling photo until after he developed his photos (because in 1975, digital point-and-shoot cameras were non-existent).

Although some photographers of iconic photos, such as “Vulture Stalking a Child” felt extreme grief over the photographs they took, tarnishing the joys of winning prizes for the work, the man behind the lens of the Fire on Marlborough Street finds no shame in his work. Because at the end of the day, his photograph was the catalyst for stricter fire-escape regulations.

“A picture says 1,000 words.” Ask yourself: Why has news online went from text-only to video streaming? Why does a 1,000 page book result in a 2 hour meeting? Why? Because pictures can speak more volume to people. Because most people are visual people and because pictures transcend language-barriers.

I guarantee there are many ionic photos (like these 12) that have struck a chord in your mind and because of that, you are now aware of something you weren’t before. You cannot skim a photo like you can a blotch of text.

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2 responses to ““Fire on Marlborough Street:” Defying Ethical Standards?

  1. I like the fact that you put other pictures that are really moving right into the text, it strengthened your argument and made you seem more reliable!

  2. I agree . I love the added material.

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