We’re seeing a lot of commentary triggered by the Souvid Datta episode, where he is accused of both photographing unethically, and of passing off collaged and plagiarised material as his own. This has led to a great deal of hand-wringing and upset, with many people making observations about the state of the photojournalism industry, about the awards-driven nature of certain areas of documentary photography, and so on. What nobody seems to be doing is proposing solutions.
This piece will end up with a strawman proposal aimed at making the situation better. First, however, let us clear away some underbrush.