When a Photojournalist Slammed for Taking Candid Street Photographs

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I’m a photojournalist who almost always take photographs with permission of the people at public places. That’s my style of street photography. Well, many street photographers love the candid artistic expressions of the street life. Which is legally, ethically and morally correct. No issues. But, recently, there was an outburst on a photographer, Joshua Rosenthal. Someone made a video of him taking these photos at Ventura County Fair.

The local police responded to the incident that there was no crime in taking such photos — not before the video went viral and slammed by netizens regarding the photographer’s actions.

It’s indeed very easy to tarnish someone’s reputation by posting such contents on social media and websites — without realizing that the photographer was doing his job under permissible gamut of rules.

With this post, I would like to educate people who are subject to street photography. Listen, it’s perfectly ok if someone with or without permission takes your photo at public places. Few countries, as exception, may have strict regulations regarding photography at public places. A photojournalist or a street photographer does his/ her homework well on the culture and local regulations.

If you find this intimidating, you may ask the photographer not to take your photos — slamming on social media or creating a public scene is not going to help you at all. On a separate not, you can ask the photographer to share those pictures with you — you’ll end-up getting stunning pictures of your street life too!

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