Hippocratic Oath of a Photographer

10 Oct

Click to enlarge seemingly – It’s simply worth reading it

We already mentioned the copyright holder of this «Hippocratic Oath of a Photographer», Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha, when we reported about a lecture Prof. Olaf Leu was giving at Hilger & Boie’s office. It was about the new American typography, and how these three famous russian art directors Alexey Brodovitch, Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha and Alexander Liberman were influencing, not to say, creating it.

Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha wrote «his» Hippocratic Oath of a Photographer in the year 1937 for U.S. Camera. The Weblog alistairhenning writes: «Not only is this an absolutely brilliant poem/rant, it is also an indispensable piece of advice for any camera happy person who is seeking to avoid the dreaded photographic cliché.»

In our opinion some thoughts of this photographer’s oath should become part of international law. Why? Well, we also already reflected about some specialists who had no problem to taking over a dead body in order to rearrange it in a way only a studio photographer does. The place was Haiti after the earthquake; the victim 15 year old Fabienne Cherisma who was accidentally shot by the police; and the criminal photographers James Oatway, Olivier Laban-Mattei, Fredric Sautereau, Lucas Oleniuk and Paul Hansen had absolutely no problems mistreating her that way:

Second photograph by Nathan Weber

Please note that her whole body was set into scene the way they thought it might please international audiences best. Meanwhile, these photographs got a lot of internationally respected awards. In his interview, eye-witness and photographer Nathan Weber gave to the magazine «Prison Photography», he describes quite precisely what had happened on location.

Interestingly, there are still folks out there discussing the dangerous power of advertising. Haha…

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