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I’m very interested in expanding my sense of what the ethics are for street photography.
Eric Kim posted the same issue a few days ago here. He made some great points, including the idea that taking pictures of kids should be fine. I want to agree with that, but there is a part of me that is wary. Having a child of your own will do that; it’s easy to see both sides. No matter, taking pictures of anyone requires sensitivity. Some people won’t protest, but we may never know whether they cared or not.
Nevertheless, the question of ethics in street photography remains elusive, and perhaps only the individual can arrive at their own private conclusion.
Eric Kim’s post begin’s with Bruce Gilden‘s quote, “I have no ethics.”
What about you? Would love to get comments on this one. I promise there’s no judgement from me; I’m no one to cast a verdict.
Joel Meyerowitz said, “I wandered the streets, not knowing what I was shooting…I just knew I had to be out there, watching life…”
He goes on to explain the beautiful exchange between the subject and the artist, the expansion of awareness, and how the subjects (people) help the artist (the photographer) to become more of themselves through the experience.
After hearing him say all of that, I feel he really touched what intrigues me about Street Photography. He really articulated the excitement of venturing out into unknown possibilities with possibly great results! It’s beautiful.
More on this prolific, and rather philosophical artist can be found here.
Here’s a pro at work, Bruce Gilden, profiled in The New Yorker.
I am impressed by his boldness, and for that matter, the risk he takes at possibly photographing the wrong person!
For more of Bruce’s work, click this. As he states in his own words, “I’m known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get.”
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