Is in-your-face street photography ethical? (Super-cut Edit)

Fujifilm announced the X100V camera. Really interesting camera. I had the version F, which was nice but a
lot of upgrades. Their promo videos, they had different photographers. There’s one specific photographers that’s
very into the street photography. One of the photographers that I’m subscribed
to on this channel is Samuel. He’s into the street photography and he actually
did a video with Tatsuo at one point and I saw that. Looks like I did not comment on it, but I
was familiar with his style of photography. So you can look in those comments to see what
people generally think about that style. So with Tatsuo’s style, with that general style,
it’s a mixture of candid plus an *bleep* way of going about it. Now, it’s not true candid photography. Generally candid means you are away from it… So that the subjects don’t know they’re being photographed. So I’m not going to go over the legal aspects
of all of this. Anyways, that’s basically why all of this
big issue seemed to happen with the X100V announcement. Just from the short 7 minute video you can
see that he’s trying to evoke some type of emotion from them at points. Basically, trying to get a certain style of
photo that he’s created over the years. And I understand the point in a way. And I understand his style, but also creates
a lot of negative tension. It creates a lot of issues with how people
perceive photography. One of the big questions is about Fujifilm
and should they have taken down the video. I personally don’t see any issue with Fujifilm
deciding to remove that. It’s a business decision. If you look at YouTube and you see all of
the “adpocalypse” issues that have happened throughout the years for YouTube, for advertisers
that put their money into the platform… Businesses don’t want to have a negative relation
to their product, to their business. And it just makes sense for them to take it
down. Obviously, Tatsuo makes some great work, but
are there ways for you the achieve a similar result without being negative towards your
subjects. I do think there is. Maybe not necessarily the facial expressions
and the looks that he get. A lot of the good points about street photography… One is historic record. Showing how society is at a certain point
in time. All of those things related to street photography,
I see some positive cultural benefit. So I don’t think generally public photography
of other people is a negative or bad thing. In my personal opinion, I think empathy is
extremely important. That means basically not making the person
feel negative about their experience with you. As photographers, as people that enjoy photography,
I think we need to be stewards of this craft. Basically, showing it in a positive light
with people around that aren’t interested in it. That they just want to live their everyday
lives and not have people putting cameras in their faces. So if we can find a nice balance… Think of ways to do that. Think of ways to promote street photography
in a positive light… If you try to use the laws as a crutch and
say… “Well, I’m legally allowed to take these photos
in public.” This and that, this and that… That’s not going to help the situation. That not gonna help and laws aren’t in stone. They can be changed. Anyways, I’m Scott of Photography Banzai.

3 Replies to “Is in-your-face street photography ethical? (Super-cut Edit)”

  1. As someone who wouldn't feel comfortable being overly intrusive with my photography, in this case it's a 'if he doesn't take those photos, who will?/there's always someone else.' I think every different type of photography style is going to make its self exist, as it should. The more variety that exists, the better.

  2. I can’t bring myself to do this. I have been known to snap pictures of photographers doing portrait sessions at the beach. They always seem to love it. Feels like we rarely end up on the other end of the lens. 😄

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