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Francois, To make a small suggestion. If your really want to document folks in the SE side of Washington, D.C., why don' you approach this in a slightly sideways manner? Approach one of the non-profits that are providing aid and ask them if they would like or need your photographic services. I would probably look for one that looks for their funding from the hinterlands and has some type of newsletter or bulletin about activities. (e.g. perhaps a outreach mission from a medium sized church group or philanthropic organization). This approach would give you the advantage of: (now the list) 1. You would be providing a service that the service provider needs whether they know it or not. 2. You would be making contacts in the area you want to photograph (which makes it much safer). 3. You could probably finagle a guide who knows the area and can probably keep you safe and attuned to the local culture. 4. You can decide at some point if you really want to continue your project. 5. A lot of the abstract analysis that we have read about sneak photography will become clear to you and you won't have a big problem deciding when and how to take a Leica picture (situational ethics?). Regards, Bill Larsen firstname.lastname@example.org Francois writes: >Jim, >I wonder what would have been his reaction if you had asked him right now and >then, upfront, that you wanted some shots of him? I'd like to have your guts >(can one write it this way in English?) 'cause I've been thinking for some >time now about reaching in the South East side of Washington D.C. to document >these people way of living. Someday I hope to find an organization that needs >to document the street people in their environment and just bget the >assignment.