Statement of Principles

Statement of Principles / Writing With Light. Noga Creative Union

As recordings of the visible, journalistic photographs must be fair and accurate representations of what the photographer witnessed.


Neither alterations to a photograph that mislead the public, nor staging events while depicting them as spontaneous, are acceptable in journalism. Nor should one publish a photorealistic synthetic image made by artificial intelligence and pretend that it is an actual photograph.


Any deviations to these basic principles must be explained in a caption, credit, or appropriate icon.

In support of a vibrant photojournalism that can serve as a credible witness to people, issues, and events, a group of organizations and individuals have agreed upon the following Statement of Principles. It is issued as a response to the recent emergence of artificial intelligence systems that can generate photorealistic images which can be confused with actual photographs, as well as to other forms of photographic manipulation. Most importantly, it is a call for an invigorated visual journalism that can provide a more complex, thoughtful, and dynamic exploration of societies worldwide, one in which the photographer must be considered the author of the image with all of the responsibility that this entails.

The Writing With Light Statement of Principles is currently available in the following languages:
English
Mandarin Chinese
Spanish
French
Modern Standard Arabic
Bengali
Russian
Portuguese
Bahasa Indonesia

Glossary of Terms and other Resources, including a Bibliography can be found on Writing With Light website as well.

Photographers may indicate their agreement with Writing with Light’s Statement of Principles by using the following icon and linking it back to this page.


Organizations In Agreement

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Tatiana Plotnikova

Please welcome our new NCU member. Tatiana Plotnikova was born in Leningrad, USSR (now St Petersburg, Russia). She...
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Kristof Huf

Please welcome our new NCU member. Kristof Huf was born in 1971 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Based in Munich, Germany.
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Pavlos Kozalidis

Please welcome our new NCU member. Pavlos Kozalidis was born in 1961 in the port city of Piraeus in Attica. Based...
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Manuel Almenares

Please welcome our new NCU member. Manuel Almenares Estrada was born in 1992 in Havana, the capital of Cuba. Based...
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Paulo Nunes

Please welcome our new NCU member. Paulo Nunes was born in 1977 in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Based in Lisbon,...
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Ragnar Axelsson

Please welcome our new NCU member. Ragnar Guðni Axelsson, also known as RAX was born in 1958 in Reykjavík, the...
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Raúl Cañibano

Please welcome our new NCU member. Raúl Cañibano Ercilla was born in 1961 in Havana, the capital of Cuba. Based...
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Dmitriy Cherba

Please welcome our new NCU member. Dmitriy Cherba was born in 1987, in the railway town of Uzlovaya, in the east...
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Bielsko-Biała 2021

'The Don Steppe' 8 — 24 October, 2021 The Centre for Photography Foundation, within the framework of the 9. Foto Art...
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Vitebsk 2021

'NCU is 15 years old' 23 — 27 June, 2021 Noga Creative Union presents an anniversary exhibition of documentary...
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Odessa 2020

'The Thin Line' 21 August — 4 September, 2020 Noga Creative Union, within the framework of the Thin Line Photo...
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Vitebsk 2020

'Odessa: Photos 1985' / 'New York before and after' 25 June — 5 July, 2020 Noga Creative Union, during the Covid-19...
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Oleg Videnin

Please welcome our new NCU member. Oleg Videnin was born in 1963 in Bryansk, USSR. Based in Bryansk, Russia.
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Odessa 2020

'Odessa: Photos from 1985' 15 February — 6 March, 2020 Noga Creative Union and Paparazzi Photo Salon present...
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Odessa 2019

'India: Dreaming of Varanasi' 14 — 30 June, 2019 Noga Creative Union presents an exhibition of black and white...