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 07:17:25 2005

Sorry, Karen, but you're totally off-base in thinking that the
permission is obtained so that the editors can later follow up and make
sure that express permission was given. Permission is rarely obtained -
what is obtained is identification for the cutline. But newspaper
photographers are not asking permission to take photos in public places,
whether for breaking news or not. 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Karen Nakamura
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 3:05 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: [Leica] Photojournalists and permission

I should add that even photojournalists these days are asking the 
permission of subjects in human interest stories.  Very rarely will 
you see a grab shot taken without permission and without the 
name/address of the subject so that the editor can later follow-up to 
make sure that express permission was given to take the photograph 
and permission was given to use the photograph in the newspaper.

Breaking news photographs are one thing, but "regular people in the 
street" photographs  almost always are cleared beforehand. It's very 
easy to get your pants sued off otherwise.

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

Again, this is my own ethics speaking. You can decide for yourself.

Karen Nakamura

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