Formation of the National Press Photographers Association


A year after the conclusion of World War II, a group of journalists founded the National Press Photographers Association, an entity that is still active today. Their mission statement is as follows: “The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism – its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution – in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.” With the NPPA comes its Code of Ethics. This code strives for the “faithful and comprehensive depiction of the subject at hand,” with the first tenet stating, “Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects” (“NPPA Code of Ethics”). The formulation of the NPPA created an environment of protection of and accountability for photojournalists, changing the precedent for photojournalism. No longer would it be permissible to drag a body 40 yards in order to create a better picture (Snyder 2014).


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Snyder, Jonathan. “The “Make-Believe” War: Necessary Fictionalization in Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War.” War, Literature & the Arts. 26 (2014): 1-23.