Friday, November 23, 2012

VII Photo's Donald Weber defends Ron Haviv

Weber defended his agency mate when asked about THAT Lockhead Martin photograph at a Frontline Club panel discussion this week

Canadian photographer Donald Weber has defended fellow VII photojournalist Ron Haviv who was caught in the middle of a controversy surrounding the use of one of his photographs to advertise a weapons intelligence company.

“Basically, he shot the photographs in Iraq for his own work,” Weber said. “And through his commercial agent – not through VII – an advertising agency bought that work.”

Back in July it emerged that a photograph by war photographer and VII Photo member Haviv was being used in an advertisement for defense, security and technology company Lockhead Martin. Much controversy surrounded the image and Ron Haviv at the time; should he have allowed his image to be used to promote the services of a company, which sold the very weapons and intelligence technology, which contribute to troubles in places that he photographs such as Afghanistan and the Middle East?
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