Consider This Before You Take a Photo of a Homeless Person

The ethics of street photography are widely debated, and for some, have become a little tired.

One of the oldest, most common discussions is whether or not we should take photos of homeless people. The topic came up at a previous year’s Street London event. Some say yes, it’s all fair game. Others suggest it’s taking advantage of a person at their lowest point. Personally speaking, I no longer take images of homeless people. I see no purpose to it. When we start to make our work ‘socially aware’ we need to be sure we are making a difference with it. The truth is that a photo of a homeless person won’t change the world, nor should it be used to show how connected you are to societal issues.

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