Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/04/19

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Subject: [Leica] Photojournalists and permission
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Tue Apr 19 07:17:02 2005

I certainly agree with Karen's comment that our choosing to take photos
of the homeless - for what is essentially our own entertainment and
gratification - says far more about us than it does about our subjects.
But I think raising ethical questions in 2005 about the work of Jacob
Riis in the late 19th, early 20th century - or for that matter about the
work of W. Eugene Smith in the early 1970s - is of value only from an
academic standpoint. Standards change. And, ironically, over the past
couple of decades the standards in photo journalism have gotten much

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Luis Miguel Casta?eda
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 4:30 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Photojournalists and permission

On 19 de abr de 2005, at 9:05, Karen Nakamura wrote:

> Let's not kid ourselves into believe we're the next Jacob Riis. Even 
> his work was full of ethical issues.

Is a matter of fact that everyone's work has ethical issues...

There are several points to ponder talking about documenting our life, 
here are two:

- If you ask for permission the document has less documentary value? 
(when it applies,indeed)
- Is the subject privacy more or less protected if their personal data 
is rambling out there with a photo work?

No one sues you - loosely speaking - if you're treating him well, but 
what happens if what you want to show isnt pleasant for nobody? it dont 
exists? I'm asking myself if we are walking towards a beautified world 
where our image is just what we fancy, and some things only happens in 
far places.
Kinda blindfolded donkeys.


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