In 2017, I admitted that in my early twenties, I used some images by others for my work without their acknowledgment. In those years, I composited a handful of my own photographs too.
Working within the profession of photojournalism where trust and transparency in shooting and presenting images must be paramount, these past actions breached industry and ethical guidelines. I regret the rash and short-sighted choices I made during that troubled period of my life and have no excuses.
In a time of fake news and struggling freelance journalists, these mistakes bore consequences - personally and for the industry as a whole. To the people who trusted and supported my work, I am sorry. News should rely on nothing less than uncompromising honesty.
I sought personal counsel and took time away for serious reflection. Today, I strive towards new and honest ways to honour stories that remain untold and deserve attention. I remain fiercely committed to constructing worthwhile narratives to share with the world - within the documentary realm and beyond.
The overwhelming majority of past projects involved no photographic manipulation and were made with care in collaboration with journalistic institutions.
All stories and images here draw from this legitimate work. For transparency, links to original files and notes can be provided on request.
One image that drew sharp and parallel criticism to this episode comes from a long-term investigation into child trafficking in India. Unfortunately the sensitive image picturing 'Beauty' was appropriated out of context during this time and spread online without consent. I regret the toll this took on a vital story that many people worked hard with me to realise.
Subsequent discussions on the image itself threw light on issues of representation and the role of a journalist. I continue to learn from these constructive debates today.
For those interested, the investigation in it's intended and full context can be found here.LINKS, FURTHER READING & CONTEXT
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