Photographing Homeless Banned

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by tim atherton, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. tim atherton

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    Various photography organizations have today announced a serious effort to stamp out gratuitous picturetaking of the homeless.

    Germany's OOF, the French BLIC, English PBOG and America's SMAALP have joined similar Japanese organizations and the Chinese government in supporting the ban. Major universities have decided to follow suit. No longer will pictures of homeless people be considered appropriate for MFA programs or in many major fine art programs...
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  2. Bob F.

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    April seems to come earlier every year :smile: ...

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    Damn there goes Migrant Mother.


    Please define "gratuitous".



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    Always did enjoy Max Headroom but as it says in the article why is it 22 days early ?
    I MUST FIND MY JULIAN CALENDAR
     
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    Absurd

    Should ban the photographing of upper-middle class Social Democrats, or how about all pictures of sailors!
     
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    I vote for banning photos of Neoconservatives :smile: They get too much airtime as it is.
     
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    "It's harder to take pictures of squirrels."


    I disagree.
     
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    Especially if you nail them to the fence by their ears first...

    Cheers, Bob.
     
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    I have long advocated that we ban everything in order to simplify the work of the thought police. I’m not sure that this should extend to pickling squirrels though.
     
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    Hehehe... I just posted the link over on 'another photo forum' which shall remain anonymous. There have been a few sense of humour failures. :D
     
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    This should get moved to the soapbox! What a large load of politically correct crap this one is. The laws are clear. One who is on public property is fair game. Next it will be considered a "hate crime" to take the picture. Let's hear it for the touchy feely crowd. This is lunacy, pure and simple. Gratuitous means "free" in that they want us to pay for the shot, that's a big load of B.S. to me. tim
     
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    Thanks for the laugh Tim! :D
     
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    "sense of humour failures" - now there's an excellent Brit term of great usefulness that I'd almost forgotten in my years in exile (oft used to much useful effect by the average Squaddie)

    I must admit I'm getting a perverse delight from some of the Colonel Blimp responses to this in various places... ;-)

    Now about the ethics of nailing Squirrels by their ears... hmmm I once got into the most appalling flame war with moggie lovers on the LUG by raising the issue of Schrodinger's cat !
     
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    They damn well better not outlaw pictures of sailors. That is my bread and butter, you're talking here.



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    I think they should ban photographing for ID/Passports.

    I feel my privacy invaded and my soul raped when they do this to me.

    Excuse me I need to go cry in the corner...
     
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    They just don't wat to show the failure of their own governments. tim
     
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    Bwahhh haaa haaa!!!OhGodstoppitnowI'mgoingtodie!! :D :D :D
     
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    Now, now! You guys aren't being sensitive to the needs of the many! If photographing the homeless is disallowed it will be much easier to ignore the problem. Then the average person won't have to be bothered or made to feel bad by seeing such images. You should be happy to give up this paltry amount of freedom in order to serve the greater good. Think of the children, for goodness' sake!
     
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    I find myself in complete agreement with the ban, however, the recent legislation prohibiting photography of cats is a bit of a concern.
     
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    The problem is every time I go downtown to shoot landscapes there is a damn homeless person! Fortunately, I can still shoot pictures down at the Clinton Presidential Library because our City Fathers made a point to clear them out from the area before the opening. Unfortunately, now they are everywhere else. Panhandling at Walgreen's, pushing their carts on the sidewalks and even sleeping in the park! As of a few weeks ago, the Mayor agreed to lease a building that is open for 30 MINUTES every morning so the homeless can come in off the street and get stale donuts and coffee. This is a major accomplishment, since the homeless outreach organizations were banned for going to the homeless camps and feeding them under the bridge. It was considered loitering.

    (Please note, the above was written in a facetious tone)

    There was a girl in my photo 2 class last fall who obtained a grant to study the impact of "urban revitalization" for another one of her classes. She found some old urban planning studies from the 70's that touted their big plans and went in to those areas and photographed the results. She also went down to the neighborhood around the Clinton center that has been declared blighted and is slated for urban renewal to interview the residents and did a photo documentary. She unbound the urban planning report and added in her own narrative interspersed with the images she made--it was a very powerful counterpoint to the report.
     
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    I'm with Ari, but want to extend it to those damn Drivers license photos. Now that is a image that has been raped!

    BTW I now weigh less than what I lied about on my old DL. I just might have to have a new one done. Think the DMV will take some photographic help from me on it?
     
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    Ah yes, pickled squirrels. Another great British delicacy banned by Brussels to further promulgate the myth that the sum total of English cuisine consists of fish and chips and roast beef dinners.

    It'll be Uncle Joes Mint Balls next...
     
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    Does this mean there will be sailors at your class at the APUG conference? If so, will we all have to do the YMCA and sing Village People songs as a warm up exercise?
     
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    jeez, these people loose their homes and now they're going to confiscate their cameras? The injustice!
     
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    You know you really need a vacation whan you look like the picture in your passport...