Code of Ethics (1970)


Professional Photographers of America


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Code of Ethics

Upon being accepted Into membership in the Professional Photographers of America, Inc., an applicant will subscribe without reservation to this Code of Ethics, and will solemnly agree to:

(1) Endeavor to maintain a dignity of manner in behavior, in the presentation of photography and photographic services, in appearance and that of studio or place of business, and in all other forms of public contact.

(2) Observe the highest standard of honesty, in all transactions, avoiding the use of false, confusing, inaccurate and misleading terms, descriptions and claims.

(3) At all times endeavor to produce photographs of a quality equal or superior to the samples displayed, to apply the best efforts toward providing the best possible photographic services and to raise the general standard of photographic craftsmanship.

(4) Show a friendly spirit of cooperation to fellow professional photographers and Assist whenever possible should they be in trouble or difficulty.

(5) At all times avoid the use of unfair competitive practices as determined by any court of competent jurisdiction, the Federal anti-trust laws and related statutes.

(6) Assist fellow photographers and share knowledge with them and encourage them individually and collectively to achieve and maintain the highest standards of quality.

(7) Recognize the authority of this Association in all matters relating to the interpretation of this Code in accordance with the statutes of the United States and the various states and the decisions of courts and governmental agencies of comPetent jurisdiction.



AS AN ACTIVE MEMBER of the Professional Photographers of America, Inc., I do hereby solemnly promise that:

I SHALL CONTACT officiating clergymen to inform myself fully of prevailing customs and regulations in regard to taking photographs before, during and after the wedding ceremony.

I SHALL ABIDE at all times by the rules

established by each particular House of Worship.

I SHALL WORK in a dignified, professional and unobtrusive manner while recording this sacred and memorable ceremony.

I SHALL AT NO TIME leave empty cartons, flash bulbs, or film pack tops on church property.