Why you SHOULDN'T do STREET PHOTOGRAPHY



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Why you SHOULDN’T do STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. // Are you a street shooter? Street photography is important. But I think there are some times when you shouldn’t do street photography. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.

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42 thoughts on “Why you SHOULDN'T do STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    I want to clear one point up. When I say:

    “So this leaves me wondering: Can you accurately represent a culture you are not part of? How much insight can you really offer? I don’t have a clear answer to this.”

    I mean this literally. This is a genuine question that I don't have a clear answer to, not a didactic statement of morality.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    I think you put too much thought into it.

    While I agree that something simply being legal doesn’t make it right, you take the thought to the extreme. You want to stand on a moral soap box, become a monk, save the whales, or chain yourself to a tree in a deforestation area. With photography, if it’s in the open and able to be seen by passers by, what’s the difference between seeing it yourself, or seeing it in a photo ? Zero difference. Both are readily able to be viewed by people looking in that direction.

    So while I personally try to conduct my street photography with class and dignity, I see absolutely no reason to feel bad about capturing something that was readily available to be seen by the eye anyway.

    I suppose everybody has to have something they complain about. For me, I dislike soap boxes…

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    This video is one the best pieces of content on the internet this rules should be Applied to any Carrer or any one life .

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    The photographer at the beginning of the video gives every street photographer a bad perception. It’s quite appalling to see him in action.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    Well done. Agree with most of this. Just one point. Being granted permission for taking a street pic of one person does not absolve you of responsibility for the way that picture is published or promoted. In fact when you discuss context, the most important context is the eventual purpose for which the photo is published. Photos can be assigned to multiple agendas. So when you "ask permission" to take a street photo, you must allow for the fact that those giving you permission might not be aware of how you are going to exploit the picture, which is more important than the picture itself.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    One noteworthy thing when looking at street-candid work; subjects who notice they're being photographed almost universally look pissed-off about it.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    "Any commentary we wish to make is determined by our preconceived idea about them. We are limited by the lens of our own experience." – I believe this is what makes street photography something so thought provoking. Whilst we sometimes may be think we're sharing our unique vision, undeniable luck and technical skills as an artist, we're showing simply a reflection of ignorance, and our ability to judge unconditionally.

    Street photography is a valid form of human expression, but the question is, based on your own personal values, is it THE form of expression you wish to pursue? Are you feeling obligated to do it because of the pressure and requirements of this trend?

    Follow your instincts.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    Please stop trying to make everything suck. Way to go to college and learn how to turn everything into a pretentious classroom discussion. You over educated, pretentious, smarmy little jerk off. For fucks sake I hate these videos.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    Very well done. The question of ethics are something that all street photographers should make an honest attempt to answer before they start wandering around pointing cameras in strangers faces.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    Thank you so much for this video. I love to do street photography, but lately have been questioning my own ethics in doing so. Your comments gave me a needed perspective on how to continue my inner dialogue.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    When I started street photography I had no idea it was a genre and this huge! Like the woman in Moliere who found she had been speaking prose all her life.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    Legal unequal to ethical, true, but there's a worse equation going around in America for decades which drives me nuts: "I have a First Amendment right to say it, so therefore it's worth saying". This rationale is used by people in the public eye, including politicians. It is disgusting.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    I read some of the reactions. But, I really think you answered your own question on "Can you really repre…….part of?"
    I think empathy can go a long way. The moment you interact and "feel "the energy of a person you can represent them. When one shoots a person, say a homeless person in agony, one always can give them the stage of his own "perspective". So, as you said, communication and empathy can go a long way. I think, the hesitation and questioning is your own "perspective".

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    “Can you accurately represent a culture you’re not a part of.”

    Absolutely, and maybe better sometimes because you’re an outside perspective.

    This is an ethical dilemma rooted in mainstream identity politics that basically says you can only think, express an opinion, or just exist within your own identity group (however defined).

    As an aside, the hypocrisy within this way of thinking is most would believe that people in an identity group “above” them are fair game, just not “below”. It’s all very slippery…

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    photography is 99.999% shit now days, everything has been photographed, 1000000000 times over………….you really got be unique to be called an artist and stand out.

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    Only one problem though. Speaking to a subject and asking him if it is OK for you to take a photograph, stops being street photography and becomes portraiture. A lot of people tend to believe that any photo taking place in the street is street photography and it is not the case. Street photography should be as mentioned earlier documentation of what is the street, and the way it lives. A posed portrait has lost a lot of what is real

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    I absolutely love your analogy on photography. You once did a video that included a woman whom captures all the imperfections in a scene rather than "making the scene" or editing it. Like that video, I just love this! Thank you 🙏

  • February 14, 2020 at 17:20
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    Is there a way to convey the loneliness of isolation that can be felt in a crowded city. The feeling of the invisible man.

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