Street People

Every street photographer worth his/her salt has done it.

Is taking photograph of street people or homeless people ethically correct?

Does this act, a sort of exploitation?

Some argue that documenting life as it happens is not exploitation.

Some may even argue that it brings out the conditions and plight of these people so that they can guide the helping hands and charity institutions to reach out to these people.

However, exploiting the condition of somebody for the sake of Photograph and profiting from this act is not acceptable.

Also don’t take their photos if you realize that they are  mentally ill or physically challenged.

Never never make fun of their plight.

Just look into their eyes and you will understand.

Personally I feel one should take the permission from these people.

In some situations,I noticed these people requesting the photographer to take their photos and show it to them or even hand over a print.

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, then I realized I am somebody” unknown

“You don’t need a reason to help people” unknown

Dear readers please share your thoughts.

Thank you.


Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Weekly Prompts Wednesday: Street People

  12 comments for “Street People

  1. DiosRaw
    November 13, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I agree. We know what is right and wrong, we can feel it or simply just ask. ❤

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  2. November 13, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    It is always positive to try to help the underpriviliged!

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  3. November 13, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    We all end up in someone’s photograph at some time or other whether we know it or not. These days there is always someone with a camera.

    I think a photo that was taken from the rear, to show the person’s plight but not the person’s face is the best way to go, just like the one on the prompt site that was taken with care by my partner.

    Homeless people have a way of making us feel uncomfortable, even guilty, because we have it all, and we are grateful that it’s not us to have fallen on such hard times.

    Here in the UK, we don’t have children begging on the streets as in India, but we do have homeless people. Many of us are reluctant to hand over money out on the streets for fear that it will be used for alcohol or drugs. The best way to assist is to give in the way I do towards a homeless shelter, these charities are always in need of funds, and a regular amount helps them to forward plan.

    Philo, Thank you for taking part in our challenge.

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    • November 13, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you so much Sue.
      You have analysed it so well.
      Agree better not to take the person’s face in a direct way.
      Everybody is to be respected.
      I understand that funds are misused in some situations unfortunately.
      Some of the photographer’s love to focus the facial expression of these hapless people.

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      • November 13, 2020 at 8:39 pm

        The funds are not misused over here. The accounts of charities are scrutinised carefully.
        Thank you very much, Philo 🙂

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      • gc
        December 14, 2020 at 7:49 am

        I think that focusing a photo totally on the “facial” expression of your subject ( whether homeless person or celebrity is part and parcel of commercialism. In the photo I presented I posted a photo of the man falling back onto the sidewalk after the effort to tie his shoe laces failed.

        After 10 minutes of pure frustration ( much of which showed on his facial expression) he turned his back to me and I turned my lens on him.

        The stress and the psychological state of the people I photograph is not merely on their face but on their being.

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  4. November 14, 2020 at 1:34 am

    I loved the post. I love when photographers capture shots of the homeless, photography definitely can convey the most powerful messages.

    Liked by 1 person

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