Ethics in a Time of War

Virtual event


March 22, 2022
12:00–13:15PM EDT

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Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko attends the military wedding of Lesya and Valeriy near the frontline in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 6, 2022. Photo by Ron Haviv / VII

What ethical issues arise in the visual coverage of war? In the visual reporting of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, what are we seeing and what should we be seeing? 

Building on the topics discussed in an earlier event (Towards an agenda for ethics in documentary photography), and looking at recent visual examples, Savannah Dodd, the founder of the Photography Ethics Centre, will be in conversation with David Campbell. 

This is also an event to which you can contribute in advance. If you have issues or questions you think should be considered as part of an agenda for ethics during war, please send your thoughts to Savannah ([email protected]) and David ([email protected]).

This event was recorded and you can watch the video here


Savannah Dodd

Savannah Dodd is the founder and director of the Photography Ethics Centre. She is responsible for designing and delivering workshops, lectures, and other educational content. She has worked with international audiences from a wide range of sectors including media, academia, and international development. Savannah’s background is in anthropology. She earned her master’s in anthropology and sociology at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva (2015) and her bachelor’s in anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis (2012). She is currently pursuing her PhD in anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast where she is examining the ethics of archiving photographs in post-conflict societies. Prior to founding the Centre, she worked in the international development sector for NGOs and IGOs in Switzerland, Uganda, and Thailand. Alongside her work with the Centre, Savannah maintains her own photography practice.

David Campbell

David Campbell is the Managing Editor of VII Insider and a project consultant with The VII Foundation. David is an internationally-experienced, globally-minded communications, media and politics professional with a uniquely varied history of strategy, management, analysis and writing within government, academia, and non-government organizations (NGOs).
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