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Ex-Nat Geo Photo Editor Patrick Witty Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Another prominent figure in the photography industry is being accused of sexual misconduct. Several women are claiming that photographer and photo editor Patrick Witty sexually harassed them in a variety of ways.

The accusations were first reported in an exclusive story published by Vox, which investigated the circumstances surrounding Witty’s departure from his position as Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic.

“In November 2017, several women at National Geographic pressured the magazine’s human resources department to investigate [Witty] for allegedly abusing his power in the industry for years to get away with predatory sexual behavior toward female colleagues, freelance photographers, and peers in the field,” Vox reports. But Nat Geo had already been investigating Witty for a month after there were anonymous murmurings of inappropriate behavior.

Witty quietly and abruptly stepped down from his position in December 2017, and no reason was given by Witty or the magazine about the departure. Witty announced his move on social media at the time:

At the time he left, Witty was a prominent photojournalist and editor with notable jobs and achievements on his resume. Here’s a short bio written by Nat Geo in March 2016 when he was hired:

Patrick was most recently the director of photography at WIRED […] Prior to joining WIRED, Patrick was the international picture editor at TIME where he edited global visual coverage that won numerous awards and recognition from organizations including the World Press Photo of the Year, Pictures of the Year International, the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Professional Design. […] Previously, Patrick was the international picture editor at The New York Times and was a member of the foreign staff awarded the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2009. […] His editorial work has appeared in publications including TIME, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Stern and GEO.



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