The Sticky Issue of Consent in Street Photography

In the US, it is completely legal to photograph people if they can be seen from a public place, but the debate on consent constantly resurfaces. One recent picture, in Dina Litovsky’s eyes, was a “lovely family image”, which got reframed as “[c]reepy, disturbing, violent, [and] gross”. Litovsky notes that whilst there is a difference between what is legal and what is ethical, we should reserve debate on the matter for when it is truly pushing ethical limits; for instance, when a photographer “spent a year secretly photographing his neighbors.” Read full article here


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