EP 012: Who takes the best photos?

Show Notes

Let’s talk about sex, baby …. Mez and Toby deep dive into a discussion about gender in photography that takes more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel. Speaking of novel, even coronavirus gets a mention as photojournalism, fashion, wedding and all other manner of photographic genres go under the biggest gender-bias microscope in the southern hemisphere.


An interesting article came across the studio desk which got us thinking about gender roles in photography, particularly Photojournalism and how it shapes our view of the world. The article, “Good” photographs – The white male gaze and how we privilege ways of seeing, by Savannah Dodd & Andrew Jackson quotes.. 

“…since the 1919 first appearance of photography within The Illustrated Daily News, it has historically been the white, cis, heterosexual male gaze which has authored and shaped how the world has been reflected back to itself via photojournalism.”


World Press Photo reports that of 5,202 photographers from more than 100 countries over a four-year period,

  • more than one half participating photographers are Caucasian/White
  • 80% are men
  • Two-thirds are between the age of 30 and 49
  • 1% — that’s 52 in total — of participating photographers classify themselves as Black.


You can read the full article here


A look at popular Photojournalism through World Press

World Press Photo secretary Stephen Mayes said during his 2009 keynote speech – “ Over represented: commercial sex, suffering black folk, Muslim women in veils, same sex couples kissing, holding hands

– Under represented: middle class, affluent drug users, real sex, personal sex, black culture and expanded vision of black life outside Africa.

[…] What is journalism if it doesn’t inform but merely repeats and affirms what we already know?”


“Every year, the jury is astonished by the repetition of subjects and the lack of variety in the coverage” … “Your best chance of winning is if you are american, male and white shooting black and white”


“The overwhelming impression from the vast volume of images is that photojournalism (as a format for interpreting the world) is trying to be relevant by copying itself rather than by observing the world.”

You can watch the full speech here or below.

Being a woman is a great advantage… 

Lynsey Addario, American photojournalist, has often stated that she sees being a woman as a distinct advantage in places like Afghanistan, where she spent a lot of time shooting during the Taliban days and subsequent conflict there. 

“As a woman I have access to both women and men … I’m often underestimated, in a way that my male colleagues are not.”

Her book, It’s What I Do, is a great read.


Sean Brokenshire tells of a situation overseas where a woman who was fleeing for her life was able to disclose what had happened to her to a female worker. 

Verónica G. Cárdenas

“After a life-changing car accident, Verónica G. Cárdenas left her job and chased her life passion of becoming a photographer. Challenged with building her portfolio, she embarked on a project to photograph the journey that many migrants use to travel from Honduras to the United States.  Verónica’s photos portray asylum seekers more humanely, helping her audience to see the more subtle aspects of their lives. She challenges the photography industry to employ more diversity behind the lens.”

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

EP 011: Gaining Informed Consent w/ Sean Brokenshire

Show Notes

Gaining consent isn’t easy, especially when the subject you’re looking to film or photograph is in a heightened state of distress.

In this episode, Mez and Toby welcome Sean Brokenshire to the CCBB studio to discuss the intricacies of “informed consent”.

Having worked as a communications expert for a large NGO in some of the world’s poorest countries over the past 10 years, Sean shares his thoughts on the rights and wrongs of gaining that consent from people living in poverty, often dealing with disease, and how even with consent, you still need to make a decision about whether or not to publish particular stories.

Sean wrote two incredible and insightful blog pieces on Informed Consent and Non-profit branding: building trust through integrity and consistency – Follow the links to have a read.
Sean Brokenshire. Photo: M. Schofield

We sat down with Sean and asked him a few questions. It was an insightful interview with a highly skilled communications specialist, a multimedia producer, a humanitarian and a deeply empathetic human being. 

Have a listen below to this great informative interview. 

Some things we asked Sean…

Sean tell us a bit about who you are and what you do…

On informed consent…

What is informed consent?

Why is informed consent important?

How do you gain a person’s consent?

How do you protect privacy?

We also touch on the ethics that goes along with being in a position where you are responsible for telling someones story to the world. 

We get into a discussion on photo ethics and ‘poverty touring’- people photographing people in vulnerable situations for no purpose at all. 

It’s a ripper of an episode and we were so glad to have Sean as our FIRST EVER GUEST!

Thanks again to Sean Brokenshire, check him out here: www.remote-digital-freelancer.com/ 

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.