“photoethic” usually refers to moral codes or rules that control the activity of the photojournalist, such as:
- do not intentionally alter or influence events
- do not manipulate images, mislead viewers, misrepresent subjects
rules like these are defending some kind of truth and aiming to strengthen the public confidence in the profession. for art photographers there is a free pass when it comes to artistic statement. in the fine arts it is not the truth, it is the beauty. is that right?
for Friedrich Schiller the aesthetic appreciation of beauty is the most perfect reconciliation of the sensual and rational parts of human nature. according to another earlier speculation, beauty is just the sensory version of moral goodness. at this point true and beautiful seems to overlap each other, this is how the beautiful in disguise reappears in the hall of ethic thinking
realizing the ethical aspects of the beautiful does not bring much closer to comprehending its aesthetical appeal. Oscar Wild must be right when he says: "the search after the signs of the beautiful, it is, to speak more exactly, the search after the secret of life" - certainly a hopeless endeavor. although artists are at a slightly better position than philosophers: it seems to be easier creating beauty then recognizing or discussing it