Kevin Moloney (an instructor with CU Journalism and Mass Communication, doctorate student and New York Times contributor) has taught me a great deal about photojournalism. And every time I came across the NY Post’s “DOOMED” photograph this week, Moloney’s voice came to mind.
“You should always be a human first.”
One should always help out if the need arises. It has become extremely clear that the situation in New York was complicated. The photographer claims to have tried to alert the train’s conductor with his flash, however it seems that he could have done more. Not being there, it’s hard to say either way.
In any case, the photog’s first instinct should have been to be a human and not to raise the camera. I think we forget that sometimes, hiding behind a lens.
Always be a human first.
Note: This post does not address the horrid judgement of the NY Post editorial staff. Another may, but please note that I am in no way letting them off the hook.